A jubilant journey into the soul of the nation.
The Little Theatre presents Rejoice and Shout on Saturday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 26 at 4 p.m. Tickets: $5.00. Immediately following the Sunday screening will be a talkback with Rickey Harvey, Jr. of the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Rochester. Rejoice and Shout covers 200 years of musical history of African-American Christianity, featuring the legends of Gospel music, including The Staple Singers, The Clara Ward Singers, The Dixie Hummingbirds, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Culled from hundreds of hours of music, tracing the evolution of gospel music through its many styles – the spirituals and early hymns, the four-part harmony-based quartets, the integration of blues and swing, the emergence of “soul,” and the blending of rap and hip-hop elements. It connects the history of African-American culture with gospel as it first impacted popular culture at large and captures so much of what is special about this music and African-American Christianity. For more information, visit thelittle.org.