‘This music speaks to people in a way that nothing else does’

“One Voice” tells the fascinating story of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, the beloved East Bay arts group that got its start in 1986 and went on to collaborate with such well-known acts as the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, MC Hammer, Linda Rondstadt and even the Muppets rock act Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem Band.

It’s an inspiring tale, showing how people from different walks of life can overcome barriers and join together to make glorious music of praise and worship.

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“The choir is like a family, and they interact out of love,” “One Voice” director Spencer Wilkinson said. “It’s pretty much the most diverse group you can imagine, and with all the ethnic, gender, identity, and financial differences there’s unity.”

And that unity can be felt in the music.

“This music speaks to people in a way that nothing else does,” Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir artistic director Terrance Kelly said. “No matter what your faith, it hits you on a bone level.”

Having had its world premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival in 2018, “One Voice” is finally set to have its Oakland premiere on April 24 at the Grand Lake Theatre.

The showing, which will also include a Q&A session and mini-concert, is a benefit for the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir.

Details: 7 p.m.; $20, www.oigc.org.

Contributing writer Andrew Gilbert contributed to this post.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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