D’Vine gospel trio headlines ‘Gospelfest’ at Beloit College

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BELOIT, Wis.—Music and praise will spill out of Beloit College’s Eaton Chapel when the D’Vine gospel trio brings its heartfelt, soulful music to Beloit College for a concert at 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 15. Tickets for the event are $12 ($8 for senior citizens and $4 for students) and may be ordered through the Beloit College box office at (608) 363-2755.

A favorite with audiences in the southeastern United States, the Atlanta-based trio consists of two sisters—Pamela McGuire Deas and Paula McGuire Saunders—along with their friend, Sheryl Pollard. The women blend voices in three-part harmonies in both a cappella arrangements and with musical accompaniment. Together, they bring a fresh sound to such standards as “Amazing Grace,” “Let There be Peace on Earth,” “If You’re Happy and You Know It” and the national anthem.

The D’Vine gospel trio has performed before sell-out crowds and in such high-profile events as the 1996 Olympic Games and the inauguration of President Bill Clinton in 1997. Its three CDs, Simply D’Vine, Perfect Timing and Two Sisters & A Friend, have won the group rave reviews and new fans. The concert will feature traditional spirituals and contemporary motivational and children’s songs.

The performance is the cornerstone of “GospelFest”—a Beloit College series that focuses on the beauty, cultural importance and enduring popularity of gospel music.

The schedule will also feature a Valentine’s Day celebration of gospel music titled “Gospel from the Heart.” Deas, Saunders and Pollard will be joined by radio personality and gospel historian Bob Marovich—host of Gospel Memories on radio WLUW 88.7 FM in Chicago—to discuss the rich history and evolution of gospel music. Plans are for the vocalists to offer a cappella renditions of favorite gospel songs, followed by commentary from Marovich detailing their origins and significance. “Gospel from the Heart” will be at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 14, in the Java Joint, in Pearsons Hall. Refreshments will be served.

D’Vine’s Beloit appearance opens the spring season of the 2006-07 International Performing Arts & Lecture Series at the college. More information about the group is available online at http://www.dvinemusic.com/ . To learn more about the International Performing Arts & Lecture Series at Beloit College, log on at http://www.beloit.edu/~ipals/, or contact Mary Frey, director of special events at the college, at (608) 363-2242.

From the Feb. 14-20, 2007, issue

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