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10/12/15

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Contact: Steve Hawkins
Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-0754
shawkins@okhistory.org
www.okhistory.org/historycenter

Oklahoma History Center Presents Civil Rights Music Program Featuring the Ambassadors' Concert Choir

Oklahoma City, Okla. — The Oklahoma History Center is proud to present "The Music of the Civil Rights Movement" performed by the world famous Ambassadors' Concert Choir on Thursday, October 29. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the program will run from 7–9 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited so an early arrival is suggested. 

The Ambassadors of Faith Choir was founded in 1979 by Maestro Kenneth Kilgore as an extension of the music ministry of St. John Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Kilgore convened approximately 40 local singers and musicians to form a choir that would provide an opportunity to perform all types of sacred music at the highest levels of professionalism and musicality. The choir grew in size, professionalism and repertoire, adding singers and musicians from diverse congregations, faiths, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. The choir was incorporated as the Ambassadors' Concert Choir in 1985.

It is the mission of the Ambassadors' Concert Choir to provide an avenue of performance of vocal music that can be shared with a diverse group of listeners and present a composite message to the listening public. Their purpose is to provide the opportunity for serious study and performance of music of all genres, bring about a community awareness of and appreciation for music of all genres, encourage the musical development of young students, and promote workshops for strengthening adult musicians. Thirty-five years later, the choir's goals have not changed and its aspirations still center around presenting programming that will entertain, educate, uplift and inspire.

For more information about "The Music of the Civil Rights Movement" concert, please contact the Oklahoma History Center Education Department at education@okhistory.org or 405-522-3602.

The Oklahoma History Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, National Archives and is an accredited member of the American Association of Museums. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 31 museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.





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