\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_26259" align="alignnone" width="697"]<img class=" wp-image-26259" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/04\/Jason-Brown.jpg" alt="" width="697" height="818" \/> Jason N. Brown[\/caption]\r\n<h1>The Greenbrier Valley Chorale\u2019s annual spring concert will feature spirituals, gospel hymns and slave songs that speak to the struggles of African Americans who looked to their religious faith and resilient spirit to help them endure the suffering and indignities of slavery.<\/h1>\r\nThe concert will take place on Sunday, Apr. 30, at 3 p.m. at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg.\r\n\r\nThe chorale is excited to welcome Jason N. Brown as guest soloist for this concert. A native of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Brown has performance and recording credits including the American Spiritual Ensemble, Louisville Bach Society, Kentucky Bach Choir, UK Symphony Orchestra, UK Opera Theatre and Lexington Singers.He holds degrees in music from the University of Kentucky and West Virginia University. Until recently Brown was a part of the music scene in Morgantown, where his wife was choir director at Suncrest United Methodist Church and where he directed both community and university ensembles. He was recently named director of music at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church in Camden, S.C.\r\n\r\nBrown will perform with the Chorale on the spiritual \u201cMy God is Rock,\u201darranged by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw, and the rousing folk song \u201cIn Dat Great Gittin\u2019 Up Morning\u2019,\u201d arranged by Jester Hairston. He also will perform Lena McLin\u2019s \u201cHold out Your Light.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe spiritual \u201cI Know I Been Changed,\u201d arranged by Roy L. Belfield, Jr., will feature a solo by chorale member Carrie Honnaker. Arranger Belfield noted that these old spirituals are \u201csome of the most beautiful contributions made by African-American during a time of pain and suffering. It was through these cathartic songs that an unhappy people calmed their fears, nourished their wounds, and prayed for deliverance.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn addition to other spirituals and gospel songs, the concert will highlight the women singing \u201cRun Children Run,\u201d based on a slave field yell, and the men performing \u201cYellow Bird,\u201d a jaunty Calypso-infused tune that made the pop charts in the 1950s. The program also includes two songs the Chorale performed in a recent joint concert with choirs from Greenbrier East High School and Fairmont State University, and also Stephen Paulus\u2019 lovely adaptation of \u201cThe Road Home.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe chorale is directed by Barbara Wygal Lutz and accompanied on piano by Teresa Bryant. The group, made up of 50 volunteer singers from across Greenbrier County and beyond, has a reputation throughout West Virginia for the high caliber of its performances.\r\n\r\nConcert tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students in grades K-12. Tickets may be purchased from chorale members, online at www.greenbriervalleychorale.org, or at the door. The chorale also will perform this concert at the Ritz Theater in Hinton at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2. Tickets for the Hinton performance are $10 and will only be available at the door.\r\n\r\nConcert sponsors are Tim, Holbrook, Swan James and David and Barbara Elliott. The Greenbrier Valley Chorale also receives financial assistance from the Greenbrier County Commission Arts and Recreation Fund and from individual contributors. Carnegie Hall is ADA compliant.