Serendipity Chorale: Celebrating Black History Month

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Wilton Library
Brubeck Room

Event Details

Please join us on February 20, at 2:00 p.m. in the Brubeck Room for a very special celebration of Black History Month, when the Serendipity Chorale, featuring professional baritone Edward Pleasant, will perform a program of gospel songs and spirituals, along with songs of the civil rights movement. The group's leader Gigi Van Dyke will narrate about the role this music played in Black history, and in particular, how spirituals were sung among slaves to communicate how to escape and reach the underground railroad.

Serendipity has been singing under the leadership of Ms. Van Dyke for 49 years. Music is the common denominator for this group of men and women of diverse backgrounds from across Fairfield County.  They have been honored as a "Connecticut Treasure" by the Lt. Governor's office, "for long devotion to spreading smiles and songs throughout southwestern Connecticut." The chorale has sung with Andy Williams and Pete Seeger, and has performed at the Levitt Pavilion, The Westport Playhouse and at the Norwalk Concert Hall.

Featured baritone Edward Pleasant is recognized as one of the most versatile performers of his generation.  Critically acclaimed in opera, stage, narration, recording, and musical theater, he has distinguished himself as an expressive singer and a gifted actor with brilliant comic timing and a rich baritone voice.  His voice has been heard in prominent venues from David Geffen(Avery Fisher) Hall, to Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Texas State Capitol and the White House. 

Mr. Pleasant gained national attention when he appeared with the New York City Opera as Jake in Porgy and Bess. He is also a recording artist who can be heard in operatic arias on recordings which highlight the works of prominent African-American composers of the Harlem Renaissance, and Scott Joplin's Treemonisha.

Registration required.  Please register online or call 203-762-6334.  For more information, contact

Event Type(s): Concert
Age Group(s): Adults

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