At the personal invitation of Mrs. Alma Powell, NEWorks produced special music for the closing ceremony of the 2014 GradNation Summit. The summit is an initiative of America's Promise Alliance, the foundation born from The Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future held in Philadelphia in April 1997. Pictured above, the Honorable Colin Powell and Mrs. Powell share a moment with the NEWorks Inspirational Choir and musicians.
For more than a decade, NEWorks has partnered with EDUCATIONAL institutions and education-advocacy organizations to produce inspiring performances and projects. Here is a sampling of some of these amazing collaborations.
NEWorks produced the 2010 "105 Voices of History" concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The "105 Voices of History" project is an initiative established by Partners Achieving Success to showcase the longstanding choral tradition of our nation’s 105 historically Black colleges and universities. Pictured above are student representatives from each of the 105 schools along with guest artists, Grammy-award winners, Take 6.
Since 2003, NEWorks has partnered with Georgetown University and the Kennedy Center to music produce the annual MLK Let Freedom Ring Celebration. Featured artists for this celebration have included Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle (pictured-far l), Smokie Robinson, Dionne Warwick, and India.Arie (pictured-l). NEWorks founder Nolan Williams, Jr. has also premiered multiple musical works commissioned by Georgetown University for these performances. Click here for performance links featuring: Vanessa Williams (2018), Gladys Knight(2017), Bobby McFerrin(2012).
NEWorks CEO Nolan Williams, Jr., was a visiting professor at Dartmouth College, Spring term 2012. Williams designed and taught a course titled African American Sacred Music Traditions. The course was a survey in American History tracing the traditions of social commentary in African American sacred/secular music. Pictured above, a group of students present their final project highlighting the traditional gospel hymn by Doris Akers, "Lead Me, Guide Me."
The 2010 Northern Ohio Hymn Festival, presented jointly by NEWorks and Oberlin College, with sponsorship from the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada, featured a Master Class with the Oberlin College Choir, a community lecture, and a culminating hymn-sing in Oberlin’s historic Finney Chapel that drew choristers from more than 50 churches from the northern Ohio region.
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