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ProMusica Concert Series adds gospel acts
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ProMusica Concert Series

What: An Evening of Inspirational Music with Sam Hagan and The 3 Inspirational Tenors

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Pearce Auditorium, Brenau University, 500 Washington St., Gainesville

How much: $20 for adults, children and students are free


For the first concert of the season ProMusica is ready to feature more than just classical music with the addition of gospel standards.

Well-known Atlanta tenor Sam Hagan, along with The 3 Inspirational Tenors and Brenau professor Barbara Steinhaus, will be featured on the bill.

"This is the opening concert for the new season and it's breaking some new ground for ProMusica, as we've been doing for the past couple of years, expanding the type of concerts that we offer," said Mike Henry, vice president of ProMusica Concert Series. "This is being billed as an inspirational concert and it's a combination of classical and some gospel music. The program will include some classical arias that he will be doing as a soloist as well as some music from Gerschwitz "Porgy and Bess" and then The 3 Inspirational Tenors will be doing some gospel pieces and then Dr. Barbara Steinhaus, a local artist, who is a professor in the music department at Brenau and she'll actually do a duet with Sam."

Henry hopes that with Hagan and The 3 Inspirational Tenors will draw a more diverse audience.

"We're breaking a little new ground here and not sticking strictly to classical but broadening the scope," he said. "I just think it will be a nice variety of a program and something that everyone will enjoy ... and we're hoping it will be attended by our friends in the African-American community, too."

Hagan has performed as a featured soloist with orchestras in Atlanta, Cleveland and Cincinnati, among others according to his website. Hagan also is a member of the The 3 Inspirational Tenors and performs with Oliver Sueing and Ralph Freeman, along with pianist Harding Epps, while in Atlanta.

Their repertoire includes beloved hymns and spirituals such as "How Great Thou Art," "The Holy City," and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," as well as inspiring popular songs such as "Climb Every Mountain" and "The Impossible Dream."

ProMusica will offer one concert for children this season called Rialto Jazz for Kids in January, along with another concert featuring a pianist and organist in March.

ProMusica is a community arts organization that offers world class musicians to the Gainesville community. In 2009, ProMusica expanded its mission through partnerships with other organizations to support those most in need within our community, the website said.

"In all of our work we are partnering with charitable groups to meet basic human needs, we partner together with Good News at Noon and the Georgia Mountain Foodbank and McEver Elementary School, too," Henry said.