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Westport Arts Center to host gospel singers

Published 4:23 pm, Thursday, April 12, 2012
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Westport Arts Center will present "What Is Gospel Music?" a program featuring three Connecticut vocalists at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6, in the WAC Gallery, 51 Riverside Ave.

The singers will include Angela Clemmons of Madison, Wanda L. Houston of Canaan Valley and pianist Michael Brown of Salisbury and Westport.

Clemmons, a professional singer for over 25 years, has worked with many famous singers, such as Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin and Cyndi Lauper, according to a center news release. She has toured several countries including Japan, Spain, Mexico, Venezuela and the Philippines with various artists and her television appearances include "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," "Saturday Night Live" and "The Late Show with David Letterman."

Houston, daughter of the founders of a Chicago theater company who started in show business at three years old, worked through college in theater, film, commercials and studio recording. She toured throughout Europe and Australia in the Michael Jackson production of "Sisterella" and worked off-Broadway in the New York company of "Menopause the Musical" and on Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" starring Natasha Richardson and John C. Reilly. Houston currently works as a vocalist, actor, performance coach and choir director throughout the tri-state area, the release states.

Brown, who began playing his family upright piano at four years old without a lesson, started and directed his first choir at the age of 12 in his Pentecostal church. In the mid-1970s, he met and worked with Paul Leka, a record producer who produced hits such as "Cat's in the Cradle," and in the mid-1980s was signed with CBS records to record a single, "Love Talk." Currently, he directs the Salisbury, Hotchkiss, Westover and Taft school gospel choirs and is slated to release a CD of his original songs this year.

A pre-concert discussion will focus on the origins and evolution of gospel music. Families are welcome. Tickets are $25, $10 for college students and younger.

For information and tickets, contact the center at 203-222-7070 or visit www.westportartscenter.org.