The Central State University Chorus concert in Springfield for Black History Month is starting to look like an annual tradition. CONTRIBUTED/FILE

Central State University Chorus returning for Black History Month

Kuss show to mark Black History Month.

They perform internationally and in the U.S. at high-profile venues including the White House and the U.S. Senate rotunda.

Yet the Central State University Chorus has a set date on its calendar to perform a free concert in Springfield in early February each year.

In recognition of Black History Month for the fourth consecutive year, the Chorus will sing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Clark State Performing Arts Center.

Although the event is free, tickets are required for admission. Tickets can be picked up at the Performing Arts Center box office or by calling 937-328-3874.

Seating is for general admission, and seating location will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Spiritual, gospel and jazz are among the variety of musical offerings of the Chorus, led by director and assistant professor of music Jeremy Winston.

“The CSU Chorus has a long history as ambassadors for this musical tradition and great music in general,” said Winston. “In an age with heightened technological manipulation, we are proud to present a concert of acoustic and soul-stirring music.

“I believe that the celebration of music during Black History Month is a special tradition shared by many and we always look forward to this musical celebration.”

These performances also signify the unique bond Central State and Clark State share, which both take pride in, said Clark State President Jo Alice Blondin.

“The leadership at Clark State and Central State is committed to providing pathways and partnerships that benefit student success, both inside and outside the classroom,” she said. “The performance by the Central State Choir truly embodies the spirit of our collaboration.

“Clark State has made it a priority to collaborate with Central State, as the connection with our performing arts, agriculture and IT programs is a good fit and our students are interested in continuing their education at Central State after Clark State,” Blondin said.

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