Concert to feature best of local gospel

DOWNEY - Songfest, a multicultural and interfaith concert now in its 20th year, will take place this Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 12425 Orizaba Ave.The 10-act program of music begins at 7 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Songfest will feature choral and gospel singing, along with solo performances. Scheduled to perform: the New City Parish Choir, led by Mark Coates; the Voices of Inspiration and Immanuel Gospel Choir, led by Alexander Hamilton; Tapestry, from Santa Monica; the Young Women's Chorus; the Lamanite Four; Cantor Jay Harwitz; the Mei-Hwei Chen and Hai-Hwa Community Singers; the Fabulous Four; and more. "It is our pleasure to again offer an evening of music and togetherness to the people of Downey and neighboring communities," said Lois Buchanan, community relations director for the Downey Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "It is also a great opportunity to meet as friends from various religions and from different cultures to promote understanding and friendship. May we continue to build upon the love and respect for one another throughout our communities. Come and join in this 20th year celebration of a free evening of musical harmony." For more information on Songfest, call (562) 861-8450.

********** Published: March 15, 2012 - Volume 10 - Issue 48