Speaking of the Blues, Part I
Bradley University will present two concerts on the blues in 2013. The second concert, Part 2, is scheduled for April 10. Both events include 30 minutes of questions, answers, and discussion, which will be moderated by Dr. Steve Dolins, and a 60-minute performance. This event is funded by Bradley University’s Intellectual and Cultural Affairs Committee and is open to Bradley students, faculty, staff, OLLI, and the community.
Date and Time
Thursday, February 21, 2012
Light refreshments served from 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Q&A and Concert from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Parking
Dingeldine Music Center
1417 West Barker
Peoria IL 61606
Parking is available in any blue or white-lined space on campus. Consider using the parking lots located near Heuser Hall on Bradley Avenue, at the corner of Bradley Avenue and Institute Place, or on Institute Place, behind Comstock Hall. Visitors may also park on Institute Place. Parking on Barker Avenue requires a permit until 7:00 p.m.
Your FREE registration is funded from a "Lagniappe" grant from The Bernard Osher Foundation. Though seating is plentiful, registration is required.
If you need to cancel, contact Continuing Education as soon as possible: (309) 677-3900.
Lectures are held rain or shine, unless inclement weather closes Bradley University.
Pastor Donald Gay is the co-founder of Prayer Center Church of God in Christ, and younger brother of the members of The Gay Sisters Trio. The Trio performed at New York’s Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, the Astrodome, and the Bicentennial Celebration of the United States on the Washington Mall. Donald has performed with some of the most influential artists of the 20th century, including Mahalia Jackson, Sam Cooke, Dr. Thomas Dorsey, Clara Ward, Pops Staples, and many others. His singing voice is deep and rich, and his bluesy intonations add to the emotional quality of his powerful singing. The Gay family was honored by the Smithsonian Institute for their contributions and advancement of gospel music in America.
Edward “Eddie” Robinson has dedicated his life to gospel music. Robinson started playing at the Greater Harvest Baptist Church in Chicago and played organ for the choir for 25 years. Mahalia Jackson visited the church frequently and had an opportunity to hear Eddie play. By the mid-50’s Eddie started accompanying Mahalia, and after a short stint in the Navy, he worked steadily with Mahalia. Eddie toured nationally and internationally with her, including performances at the White House for five presidents, at New York's legendary Carnegie Hall, and for Grace Kelly in Monaco. Eddie has also accompanied other prominent gospel musicians including Albertina Walker, The Caravans, and Robert Anderson, vocalists Aretha Franklin and Sam Cooke.