It was fifty years ago today that the Beatles preformed live on the Ed Sullivan Show and the interest this aroused was not surpassed until last night when The Karen Schuessler Singers preformed their Road to Freedom concert at Wesley-Knox United Church as a benefit for the Fugitive Slave Chapel Preservation Project and Beth Emanuel BME Church.
Fifty years ago four young men coordinated their instruments and voices in front of cameras and a studio audience to create a sensation that is still remembered today.
Last night forty-four Choir members and four band members coordinated their amazing talents and, along with lead vocals by Denise Pelly and narrations by Bryan and Shannon Prince, created a flawless show that was both entertaining and informative. Although I attended this show with the highest expectations imaginable I was not able to imagine the stellar experience I witnessed. I am sure those in attendance will never forget the evening they spent with the Karen Schuessler Singers.
Having had the opportunities to witness live performances of Denise Pelly in the past I tried to imagine her varied styles of Jazz, Gospel and contemporary music combined with a large choir. My imagination failed me. What I witnessed Saturday February 8th, 2014 was far beyond what I could have imagined. The styles now combined with the talents of a professional choir were appealing to all ages and all tastes in music. Now again I am at a loss. Just as I could not beforehand imagine such a performance I now can find no words to describe it. This is something that one must experience for themselves.
George McNeish, chairman of the Fugitive Slave Chapel Preservation Project. February 9, 2014