Dr. Ollie Watts Davis singing "This Little Light of Mine"
( 2min 56sec )

The USC School of Music and the African American Studies Program presented a Festival of Spirituals concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, in the School of Music recital hall, 813 Assembly St.

The concert featured renowned gospel artist Dr. Ollie Watts Davis, music professor at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), the USC Gospel Choir and the Chosen Gospel Ensemble.

Described as “…a bubbling stream of a voice, remarkably smooth down into a resonant, rich low register,” by the San Francisco Chronicle, and “a lovely, warm, admirably focused tone,” by The New York Times, Davis earns superlatives wherever she sings. Since her New York debut at Carnegie Hall in 1990, Davis has performed in many of the nation’s great concert halls, appearing with the San Francisco, Minnesota, Houston, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Dallas symphony orchestras. Internationally, she has appeared with orchestras in Venezuela, Mexico and Spain.

 
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