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GospelFest 2013

November 24, 2013
6:30 PM
Location: GHH Atrium
  • Open to the Public

A free evening of gospel songs will be presented on Sunday, November 24 at Roger Williams University. GospelFest 2013 features performances by Michael Évora and the Prism of Praise Community Gospel Choir, and Jonathan Richter and the Roger Williams University Chorus.

Last year's concert evoked praise with comments such as "fabulous…rocking with passion and energy" and "Prism [of Praise] lifted the roof off of the [Global Heritage Hall] Atrium." 

Prism of Praise Community Gospel Choir is an ethnically diverse choir that seeks to inspire and encourage all people on their journeys with God. Originally founded in 1991 at what was then the Portuguese Calvary Baptist Church in Providence, the choir became an independent group in 1998. Prism of Praise has 35 members ranging in age from 20 to 70. Many also know Évora through his work as executive director of the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights. Prism of Praise’s outreach efforts include prison ministry, church ministry, and community service. Proving the universality of Gospel music, Prism of Praise has performed for Rhode Island audiences in settings such as the R.I. Adult Correctional Center and Training School, Bristol County House of Corrections, First Night Providence, Project Outreach (Open Table of Christ United Methodist Church), Providence Intown Churches Association, Rhode Island Food Bank, Rhode Island Civil Rights Roundtable, Sunrise House (now AIDS Care Ocean State), West Elmwood Housing, Women in Transition, and YWCA of Greater Rhode Island.

GospelFest 2013 is sponsored by the Roger Williams University School of Law, Music Department and Spiritual Life Program, and funded through an Inclusive Excellence Mini-Grant from the President's Council on Inclusive Excellence.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Global Heritage Hall Atrium, with a reception to follow. This is a merit point event.

Prior to the concert, students, staff and faculty are welcome to watch a rehearsal of the Prism of Praise Community Gospel Choir and the RWU Chorus at 4 p.m. in the Global Heritage Hall Atrium. For more information, email Nancy Soukup at or call 401-254-3433.