The melodic sounds of good music were in the air as VocalEssence did a phenomenal job celebrating Black History Month with the performance of I Trust Harlem Is Still There. The performance was the inspiration of Bill Branfield from the letters from writer Langston Hughes. The performance from the symphony, conducted by Phillip Schoultz III was breathtaking. A diverse crowd was in attendance for the outstanding event. The Black History Month concert highlighted the community-based youth choir from the VocalEssence Youth Choral Arts Initiative which featured local talent, Niles.
Many influential people from the Twin Cities were in attendance, including Laverne McCartney Knighton, UNCF; Channon Lemon, St. Paul Chamber of Commerce; Robin Hickman, producer and community leader; and Dr. Sylvia Bartley, Medtronic