Bucks Live! Presents Keith Spencer in a Black History Month Tribute to Paul Robeson
Prolific baritone performs ‘The Paul Robeson Songbook: A Negro Spiritual and Gospel Celebration’ Fri. Feb. 23 in Newtown
Bucks County Community College, which has been bringing cultural events to the region for more the 50 years, proudly presents Keith Spencer in “The Paul Robeson Songbook: A Negro Spiritual and Gospel Celebration” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 23, at the Newtown Campus.
In celebration of Black History Month, Spencer performs an original concert celebrating the life and legacy of Paul Robeson conveyed amidst the song palette of gospel and Negro spirituals. The show features songs such as “Go Down, Moses,” “Down by the Riverside,” and more.
Spencer (pictured), a dynamic, versatile baritone, has appeared on stage from Philadelphia’s Prince Theater to the Broadway tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Music of the Night. He has performed in Bristol Riverside Theatre’s Summer Concert Musicale series, including one-man performances in the Nat King Cole tribute For Sentimental Reasons, the big band Cole Porter revue Too Darn Hot!, and Ol’ Man River: A Tribute to the African-American Leading Men of Broadway. Outside the theatre, Spencer has performed live concert back-up vocals for artists such as Roberta Flack, Rosemary Clooney, and Sandi Patty.
Tickets for Keith Spencer in “The Paul Robeson Songbook: A Negro Spiritual and Gospel Celebration” are only $10 general admission and free for Bucks County Community College students with current ID.
In addition, a limited number of VIP tickets are available for $15, which includes a preconcert reception to meet and mingle with the artist. The reception, which begins at 6 p.m., includes light hors d’oeuvres, two glasses of wine or beer, and reserved seating. VIP ticketholders must be age 21 or older.
The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. in the Kevin and Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center, located within the Gateway Center building on the campus at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa. Parking is free. The theater is equipped with audio-loop technology for the hearing impaired. Tickets can be purchased at www.bucks.edu/tickets or at the door.
“The Paul Robeson Songbook: A Negro Spiritual and Gospel Celebration” is part of the Bucks Live! series of innovative programs to inform, inspire, and enrich the life of greater Bucks County, brought to you by Bucks County Community College’s Cultural Affairs Committee. Other Black History Month events included “Harlem Renaissance,” a multimedia lecture by Professor Margaret Montet on February 15, and a free Movie Monday presentation of “A Raisin in the Sun” (2008) on February 19.
Forthcoming musical events include Steve Guyger & the Excellos March 9, former Black 47 lead man Larry Kirwan with “Ireland: A History in Song” March 16, and Radio BUX’s Rock the Zlock concert March 30, featuring The Real Fugitives and The Weekday All-Stars. To learn more, visit www.bucks.edu/live or call 215-968-8087.