The Spirit of Motown

Lowcountry Freedom Reigns Festival presents:

The Spirit of Motown

Performed & Conducted by Charlton Singleton

Wed ยท September 6, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$20 - Gallery | $30 - Orchestra

The Spirit of Motown
Smokey Robinson once recalled how society "started to get the Motown music" and how he and his fellow performers "would go back and the audiences were integrated and the kids were dancing together and holding hands." The Lowcountry Freedom Reigns Festival is proud to present an evening of soulful music and reflection as we recognize the impact that the Motown movement had on our fight for freedom and how music brought us together. Join fellow tri-county neighbors and visitors at the Charleston Music Hall as musician, producer and conductor, Charlton Singleton and Friends featuring Quiana Parler will fill the music hall with the sounds of Motown. In the 1960s, musicians and performers such as Smokey Robinson, The Supremes and Stevie Wonder were not only making music, they were making history. Charlton's musical talents will remind the audience of the bridges that Motown music crossed and the racial problems and barriers that it broke down. Come and sing along with this extraordinary band as they present some of the most recognizable and memorable Motown hits.

"Watching Singleton at work is mesmerizing." - Charleston Magazine

Opening remarks by Michael Moore, Executive Director of International African-American Museum and John Simpkins, Professor of Law, Duke University.
Performed & Conducted by Charlton Singleton
A native of Awendaw, SC, Charlton Singleton began his musical studies at the age of three on the piano. He would then go on to study the organ, violin, cello, and the trumpet throughout elementary, middle and high school. In 1994, he received a bachelor of arts in music performance from SC State University. Since that time, he has taught music at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as being an adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston. Currently, he is the artistic director and conductor of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra; an 18-piece jazz ensemble of some of the finest professional musicians in the Southeast and Charleston's resident "Big Band." Charlton is also the organist and choir director at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Charleston, SC. In November 2016, he was named the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Gaillard Center in downtown Charleston.
Venue Information:
Charleston Music Hall
37 John Street
Charleston, South Carolina, 29403