The 22nd anniversary of sold-out ‘Gospel Night’ as well as Boston Pops closing concert of the season ended on a magnificent and joyous note, as Boston Pops Gospel Choir let their voices rang well into the night, long after the encore to the audience’s delight! Visit bostonpops.org for more on the Boston Pops!
Soft blue and red light glowed behind the Boston Pops orchestra as guest conductor who has lead over 500 orchestras since 1991, Charles Floyd’s jovial, animated voice narrated the evening, taking the audience on a musical journey from powerful, reflective orchestrations in the Old Testament to an uplifting, soul stirring finale!
Highlights of the evening included ‘Sampson and Delilah,’ a number unearthed in mystical enchantment with an Egyptian tone, a rich and a rocky section with clacking motion, the soft embrace, and a peerless momentum.
Dedicated to Emilio and Deborah, a new work, Song of Solomon was divided in movements by wisdom, love, and prayer. Renowned, returning tenor soloist Samuel Moscoso’s broad, soaring range harkens in the romantic, powerful, and assuring paths that this song takes as he recites the verse in the Bible, recalling “In all Your Ways, he will direct your paths.”
Following the intermission, the Grammy award-winning sextet and tremendously popular ‘Take 6’ returned to ‘Gospel Night,’ delivering a personal, flawless set. From a unique, infectious arrangement, ‘Smile’ involving snaps with musical accompaniment to two deeply personal pieces.
One is a drifting, soothing tune called ‘Lullaby’ for as ‘Take 6’ called ‘Big Paps’ Father’ Day piece to the beautiful, rich harmonizing, ‘Bless this House,’ dedicated to a member of the group that is getting married.
After an uproarious applause, ‘Take 6’ returned to the stage with ‘O Mary,’ humorously placing two members of the group in competition of who sounds better. ‘Take 6’ is polished and make complex arrangements look like a piece of cake.
The evening closed out with the Boston Pops Gospel Choir, lead by a variety of rousing soloists, performing familiar and glorious gospel hits.
Kicking off with a perfect opening number, the uplifting ‘We Acknowledge You,’ soloist Ayeesha Lane delivers a warm, welcome tone as the choir sings, “Come on in/take a seat.” Duet singers Sherylynn Sealy and Raymond Martin’s varying voices complement each other with the rock gospel number, ‘Not by Power.’
Soloist Katani Sumner brings a spirited, soulful rendition with an edge as she sung, ‘I Go to the Rock.’ Before escalating into a powerful finale, Ida Kamara and Carolyn Saxon sing a reflective, mesmerizing performance of ‘There’s Nobody Like Jesus,’ then closing with an electrifying rendition with a pulsing rhythm featuring the brilliant trio, Sharon Molden, Suzanne Buell, and Makeysha Montgomery in ‘It’s About Time for a Miracle.’
This extraordinary night continued after guest conductor Charles Floyd made left the stage as The Boston Pops Gospel Choir ended the night with joyous, rousing renditions of ‘Take it to Jesus’ and ‘Lift Them Higher.’
The Boston Pops presents ‘Gospel Night,’ sponsored by Fidelity Investments is an annual event and will return next year with another inspiring lineup!
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