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Celebrate the season with Mt. Zion Gospel Choir in Monroe, Wis.

December 11, 2013

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MONROE, Wis. — It’s a jubilant evening of gospel and holiday songs as the renowned Mt. Zion Gospel Choir of Madison, Wis., performs at the Monroe Arts Center (MAC) Gunderson Stiles Concert Hall, 1315 11th St., Monroe, Wis., at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14. This joyous musical celebration for the entire family is one that is guaranteed to lift spirits and hearts. This performance will close the MAC Holiday Silent Auction.

Under the direction of Leotha (Lee) and Tamera Stanley, the Mt. Zion Gospel Choir is known for its ability to infuse traditional gospel harmonies with vigor, joy and inspiration. With a reputation as one of the best gospel choirs in Wisconsin, the Mt. Zion Gospel Choir have wowed Madison residents for decades with their vocal precision and exuberant style. For more than 30 years, the choir has combined jazz, blues and gospel harmonies to “raise the roof” in captivating and inspiring performances throughout Wisconsin.

Some of the choir’s highlights include performances with the UW-Madison Marching Band, a concert for Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and tours in both Germany and France. They have sung with music legends Michael Bolton, Yolanda Adams, Lyle Lovett and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

The Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Madison, Wis., serves as home base for the choir. Additional choirs at Mt. Zion include a women’s choir, men’s choir and children’s choir. Leotha Stanley has been the musical director for 34 years and considers gospel music his “first love.” He comments: “I love gospel music. I love the inspiration and message it gives people.”

Stanley began playing piano and drums at age 5 and became the pianist at his neighborhood church in Milwaukee at age 13. He recalls, “I got $10 for every funeral.” As a freshman at the University of Wisconsin — Madison, he founded a gospel choir, which became his path to Mt. Zion.

General admission tickets for the Mt. Zion Gospel Choir performance are $10 for adults, and $5 for students 18 years of age and younger. Members of the Monroe Arts Center may attend this concert for free. Tickets may be purchased in person at the box office at 1315 11th St., by calling the Monroe Arts Center at (608) 325-5700 or 888-596-1249, or online at www.monroeartscenter.com.

Posted Dec. 11, 2013

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