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UPDATED Feb. 24: Mystic Chorale of Arlington invited the public to hear more than 175 members singing gospel music, led by award-winning director/composer Jonathan Singleton, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, at Cary Hall, 1605 Mass Ave., Lexington.

The featured guest singer was Berklee professor Nichelle Mungo at the concert offering an eclectic mix of music rooted in the African American gospel tradition, a news release said.

 "Mystic Gospel: Moving Forward, Looking Back," was intended to chart the progression of gospel from its origin in spirituals and the blues to today’s contemporary sound.

The diverse program featured Aretha Franklin’s How I Got Over, Rhiannon Giddens’ Up Above My Head, jazz guitarist Jonathan Butler’s Our Voices Matter, gospel giant CeCe Winans’ Goodness of God and the music of gospel choir great John P. Kee. The concert was presented live and also in live-stream format. Tickets were available at mysticchorale.org; details are below.

The chorale worked with award-winning director and composer Singleton, a gospel conductor who has led several church and university choirs, notably the Kuumba Singers at Harvard University. Singleton first got involved in music at age 6 and later studied piano at Berklee College, where he is now an assistant professor. He also serves as minister of music at the Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury.

Weekly rehearsals continued through Feb. 20, 2024, at First Parish Unitarian Church 630 Mass. Ave., Arlington.

According to its website, the chorale aims to make performances a partcipatory experience, promoting singing as an act of compassion while celebrating diverse cultures in the world. One could learn more about the organization here >> and purchase tickets, at $26.03 each, here>> and livestream tickets, at $15.75, here>>

COVID POLICY: Per an email from late last year, the chorale announced that it has decided to make the winter season mask-optional for audience-goers, as the group had found success with this approach during the fall season. They note that those actually performing may be masked or unmasked depending on their individual comfort and preference. 


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This news announcement was published Friday, Dec. 8, 2023, based on information from Arlyn Roffman, who represents the Mystic Chorale to the media. Brynn O'Connor, YourArlington's assistant to the editor, prepared the copy and did the layout. It was updated Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024, to add a link to onlink ticket purchasing; Feb. 2, with updated descriptions and prices; Feb. 6, to update the concert flyer; and Feb. 24, for time references.