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Heritage Ensemble Celebrates with Annual Juneteenth Concert

One of the most profound events in American History is the celebration of Juneteenth. Historically, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This Proclamation officially and legally ended slavery in the United States of America. This Proclamation was signed in 1863. It was not until June 19, 1865, that the news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Galveston, Texas, and was officially enacted! Two years later! Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Currently Juneteenth is celebrated much like an “African American 4th of July” including parades, speeches, and assorted remembrances. Juneteenth is an official holiday in 14 of our states.

Heritatage Ensemble photo fbets-fbets-20150110T222107-IMG_1774-480It is with pride and excitement that the Heritage Ensemble will celebrate Juneteenth 2015 in our 16th Annual Concert. This concert will be a blend of classic and contemporary music; with an unusual and yet welcoming theme of “The Spirituality of Jazz.” This tapestry of musical selections will include spirituals with elements of jazz uniquely interwoven. In a performance presented as only the Heritage Ensemble can present it, you will hear the harmonies of the acclaimed spiritual writer, Moses Hogan, juxtaposed to the rhythms and lyrics of Duke Ellington.

As a part of the Juneteenth Concert, our presentation of the fifth annual “Bridge Builders Award” will be made. This award is given to a member within our Peoria community who is recognized for a reputation of “tearing down walls and building bridges between all people” in their actions, attitudes, and lifestyle. We are excited to recognize internationally acclaimed artist and accomplished jazz musician, Mr. Preston Jackson, as our 2015 Bridge Builder Award recipient.

The Juneteenth Concert will be on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are: $15 adults, $12 seniors, and $8 students;

may be purchased from the ICC ticket office at 309-694-5438;

or from any Heritage Ensemble member.