The 27th annual Festival of Negro Spirituals will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3.
The festival, which will be held at The Church Baton Rouge, 2038 Quail Drive, is free and open to the public.
The show is hosted by Heritage, a 40-year-old nonprofit professional choral ensemble founded and directed by Clarence Jones, and will feature performances by that group and several others, including the A Cappella Choir of Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. The college ensemble, which was founded 120 years ago, has recorded motion picture soundtracks for "The Great Debaters," "The Good Fight: James Farmer Remembers the Civil Rights Movement" and "The Birth of a Nation." It's also featured on Atlantic Records’ "The Birth of a Nation … Inspired By" CD singing with Grammy nominee Trey Songz.
Also scheduled to perform at the festival are the Southern University Concert Choir, the Grambling State University Choir, the Acadiana Ecumenical Choir from Lafayette, McKinley High School Chamber Choir, Park Forest Middle School Chorus, New Dimensions Choral Society from Shreveport and the Huntsville Spiritual Chorale Voices from Huntsville, Alabama.
The mission of Heritage is to perpetuate the Negro spiritual as a distinctive art form and to preserve its legacy in its original medium and foster its influence.