The Hudson Valley Gospel Festival committee will present an overview of local history of gospel music via Zoom on Monday, Feb. 1, a 7 p.m.
Professor Ciesta Little-Quinn of the Department of Black Studies at SUNY New Paltz will conduct the program.
The Hudson Valley has a rich history of gospel music including Marva Clark, Gretchen Reed and Toni Graham. Many famous gospel performers graced the stages in the area, including Mahalia Jackson, whose performance and legacy will be featured in March.
The Hudson Valley Gospel Festival held its inaugural event in February 2020 featuring the Hudson Valley Gospel Festival Choir, Just Voices, the West Point Gospel Choir, the Livingstone College Gospel Choir, Everett Drake and Edwrin Sutton.
Sponsored by The Arts Mid-Hudson Folk Arts Program, planning is in the works for the 2021 Hudson Valley Gospel Festival on Sept. 25, 2021. There will be a series of events leading up to the festival, including monthly presentations on gospel in the Hudson Valley and beyond.
To register for the Feb. 1 event, visit https://forms.gle/R92E937XsmxwLd1u6. For more information about Arts Mid-Hudson, visit artsmidhudson.org or AMH on Facebook or Tumblr, or call 845-454-3222.