The Kanagawa Jubilee Choral: Grand Tour of Detroit
by Laydell Wood Harper
Tell Us Detroit
After much anticipation, The Kanagawa Jubilee Choral of Japan will make its American debut in Detroit, Michigan.
The Kanagawa Jubilee Chorale, under the direction of two talented Detroiters, Ashton and Rivonne Moore, who are dedicated to bridging the gap between African-American and Japanese culture through choral music. Based in Kanagawa, Japan, The Kanagawa Jubilee Chorale explores a myriad of musical genres, which include African-American Spirituals, Jazz, Rock & Roll, R&B, Bossa Nova, and Soul. Kanagawa is a coastal prefecture just south of Tokyo.
“African American Gospel Music enjoys worldwide popularity, particularly in Germany and Japan,” comments Edith Clifton, Hartford Music Coordinator. “Even the Royal Wedding of Price Harry and Meghan featured the Kingdom London Gospel Choir in the ceremonies.”
The dynamic husband-wife directors of the Chorale are both Cass Technical High School and Michigan State University graduates who now live, perform and teach in Japan. The Kanagawa Jubilee Chorale has performed at numerous music festivals and charitable events.
“The Kanagawa Jubilee Chorale from Japan will highlight Detroit on its first concert tour outside of Japan. On Friday, June 8th this chorale will be presented at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church at 6 pm in a concert open to the public free of charge,” said Clifton.
“The Music Connection is perhaps the strongest intercultural connection we can experience.
We proudly present the Kanagawa Jubilee Chorale, 17 Japanese singers singing Gospel music, directed by Detroit natives, Ashton and Rivonne Moore. We want to share this experience with the entire community of Metro Detroit without charge.”
While visiting the Detroit area The Kanagawa Jubilee Chorale’s Grand Tour will include several locations and events open to the public. The Grand Concert and Cultural Tour includes:
Wednesday June 6th, Detroit’s historic Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, afternoon “Hour of Power” service from 11:30am to 12:30pm.
Friday June 8th at 6 pm The Kanagawa Jubilee Chorale’s Grand Concert featuring Spirituals, Jazz, and more the Grand Concert at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church is sure to leave the audience filled with delight. Doors open at 5:30 pm.
Sunday June 10th: They will travel to Lansing to join St. Stephen’s Community Church Sunday service. All are welcome to attend.
The Detroit tour would be incomplete without the Chorale paying a visit to the Charles H. Wright Museum, and of course the Motown Museum to learn more about the popular Motown sound. Also on the agenda: Great Lakes Crossing and Somerset Mall. The Kanagawa Jubilee Grand Concert is Free of Charge. Donations accepted. Hartford Memorial Baptist Church is located at 18700 James Couzens. For more information call (313) 550-6120.