An Afternoon of Spirituals Concert Debuts New Anthem “Give Me Jesus” on Nov. 5th
On Sunday, November 25, 2017 at 4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Pontiac debuts at their location a new anthem commissioned by the church and written by Dr. Rollo Dilworth of Temple University as a memorial to long time member of both First Church and of the Gilbert Jackson Chorale, Dr. Audley Bailey.
Audley Bailey was born in Jamaica and was a psychologist by profession. He was affiliated with Pontiac General Hospital for many years and was an avid cricket player with the Windsor Canada Cricket Club. Audley was well known and very active in the Jamaican community in the Pontiac area.
Mr. Bailey shared his gift for song and particularly loved the genre of the African American Spirituals. He was a well-known giver of concerts for local groups and churches in our community and was a long time member of both the First Presbyterian Church Choir and the Jackson Chorale.
After his death the other choir members at First Presbyterian Church wanted to create something beautiful in his memory that would combine his love of music, spirituals, and his great faith in God. We therefore contacted Dr. Rollo Dilworth of Temple University in Pennsylvania who is a contemporary choral teacher and director with a concentration on the African American musical genre. The anthem he created in memory of Audley is based on the well-known spiritual “Give Me Jesus” and led to First Church’s Director of Music, Elizabeth Spry collaborating with Gil Jackson to create a debut performance of this new arrangement at a special memorial concert on Sunday, November 5th at 4 pm entitled: An Afternoon of Spirituals.
The November 5th concert will feature many all-time favorite spirituals and an afterglow reception will follow. After the debut performance of the newly commissioned work, the anthem will be sent out for publication and will then be available for churches everywhere to perform in their own location. This will be our way of sharing Audley with others. A free-will offering will be taken that will support the First Presbyterian Church and Jackson Chorale’s music ministries. For more information on An Afternoon of Spirituals Choral Event to take place at First Presbyterian Church, 99 Wayne St. Pontiac, MI, please contact the church office at 248-335-6866 or the church website: http://fpcpontiac.com.