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Charleston Symphony Orchestra Spiritual Ensemble Performs A Lowcountry Spiritual Journey II

Concludes Daufuskie Island Exhibition at the Gibbes Museum of Art

(December 18, 2009 - Charleston, South Carolina) – The CSO Spiritual Ensemble and the Gibbes Museum of Art are partnering for a spirited vocal performance titled A Lowcountry Spiritual Journey II on Sunday, January 10 at 3pm in the beautiful Gibbes Rotunda. On the final day of the exhibition Daufuskie Island: Photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Music Director Nathan L. Nelson will lead the CSO Spiritual Ensemble on a musical journey honoring the “spiritual” – the historical musical form born of the suffering and endurance of African slaves in the South Carolina Lowcountry. In a setting surrounded by images of the past, this powerful performance will celebrate the unique, indigenous harmonies of the Lowcountry’s African American culture.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the CSO Spiritual Ensemble on what is sure to be a moving performance. This will be the perfect ending to the Daufuskie Island exhibition and a meaningful way to honor the people of Daufuskie,” said Pam Wall, Gibbes Associate Curator of Exhibitions and Interpretation.

Tickets for A Lowcountry Spiritual Journey II are $7 for museum members and students and $15 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased online at, at the Gibbes Museum Store, or by calling 722-2706 x18. Advance purchase tickets are strongly recommended.

Daufuskie Island: Photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe
The exhibition Daufuskie Island: Photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe has been on view in the Gibbes Rotunda since October 23, 2009 and will close on January 10, 2010. Moutoussamy-Ashe’s fascination with Daufuskie Island began during visits to the neighboring resort island Hilton Head with her husband, Arthur Ashe, in the 1970s. Her interest resulted in a compelling group of photographs that document life on Daufuskie through sensitive, intimate portraits of island residents.

CSO Spiritual Ensemble
The CSO Spiritual Ensemble is a 35-member vocal group based in Charleston focusing on African-American spirituals. The Ensemble honors the devout musical tradition that African-Americans formed as slaves after arriving in this country and in particular its relevant history in South Carolina. CSO Spiritual Ensemble Music Director Nathan L. Nelson currently teaches in the public school system and is the Assistant Director of Music at Charleston’s Mount Zion AME Church.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. 

Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works of fine art, principally American works with a Charleston or Southern connection and presents special exhibitions annually. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives.

As the aesthetic heart of the Lowcountry, the Gibbes serves the community by stimulating creative expression, increasing economic vitality through tourism, and improving the region’s superb quality of life.

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