GOSPEL: WHERE SONG AND SERMON MEET (2024)
- FREE EVENT -
No Ticket Required
FREE EVENT - No Ticket Required
THE ARTHOUSE EXPERIENCE FILM SERIES | PRESENTED BY ILLINOIS SOUL 101.1 FM
60 min (approx.)
Join us for a special screening of an episode of “GOSPEL: WHERE SONG AND SERMON MEET,” part of the acclaimed new PBS documentary series.
Immediately following the screening there will be an on-stage discussion moderated by Illinois Public Media News Director Reginald Hardwick and Leonard McKinnis, Assistant Professor of African American Religions and Black Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
After the discussion, there will be a live musical performance by Ryan Byfield and Nuclei, featuring Erica Smith.
GOSPEL the latest history series from Henry Louis Gates, Jr., digs deep into the origin story of Black spirituality through sermon and song.
From the blues to hip hop, African Americans have been the driving force of sonic innovation for over a century. Musical styles come and go, but there's one sound that has been a constant source of strength, courage, and wisdom from the pulpit to the choir lofts on any given Sunday.
Explore the history of Black gospel music, coming out of slavery, blending with the blues tradition, and soaring to new heights during the Great Migration. From Mahalia to Kirk Franklin, in the last century, gospel music has become the dominant form of African American religious expression and provided a soundtrack of healing and uplift to those at the front lines of protest and change.
Presented by Illinois Public Media, and Illinois Soul
Doors open at 6:15.
Illinois Soul is a not-for-profit public radio station licensed to Illinois Public Media and the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. FM 101.1 elevates Black voices, music, and culture throughout central Illinois, and online, with the power of public media. Illinois Soul airs NPR shows, produces local news for broadcast and the Web, and works hand-in-hand with the community to address their needs and concerns.
THE ARTHOUSE EXPERIENCE Film Series
Described as limited-release, high-quality titles that have captured the imagination of movie lovers, the Virginia Theatre’s Arthouse Experience Film Series is programmed by special guest curator Sanford Hess.
The movies that Mr. Hess selects—a mix of award-winners, Ebertfest favorites, and recent classics—are presented one Friday each month on the Virginia’s 52-foot wide movie screen, with state-of-the-art surround sound.
Each film will be followed by a post-show discussion and in some cases an on-stage talk by directors, producers, and other special guests.