The 28th annual Sounds of CommUNITY concert and reception will be held at Broadmoor United Methodist Church at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 29.
The concert, a program of the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge, is designed to enhance harmony through unity, justice and peace, according to a news release. The musical selections will be primarily be performed by white and African-American congregations who have created partnerships.
"Some of these congregational pairings have been formed in response to the community's recent hardships. One pairing, Elm Grove Baptist Church and St. Paul Lutheran Church, has participated in the initiative for over 20 years," said the Rev. Robin McCullough-Bade, director of the Interfaith Federation.
This year, congregations from Broadmoor United Methodist Church and St. Paul's Catholic Church are paired, as are congregations from St. Aloysius Catholic Church and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
The concert was started in 1991 by the late Rev. Charles Smith when he served as president of the federation.
At that time, Smith said people of good will needed to make their presence felt, and that the Interfaith Federation had a unique opportunity to demonstrate love and mutual respect for all to the rest of the community.
"Rev. Smith believed music could bring diverse people together," said McCullough-Bade.
The concert is open to the public and is free with donations designated for the work of the Interfaith Federation. For more information, visit ifedgbr.org.S