The Deer Park High School Choral Department will perform Dr. Robert Ray's Gospel Mass at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 21, in the Deer Park High School Performing Arts Center. Executive Director of Fine Arts Barry Talley said the community is sure to enjoy this special evening of great music.
"Audiences have loved the Gospel Mass each year it has been presented, and this year's performance will be equally as special," Talley said. "Over 300 DPHS singers will join to sing together as the choir welcomes Dr. Ray back for the eighth time to Deer Park."
Tickets for the Gospel Mass can be purchased at the door for $5 adults and $3 for students. Children five and under are free.
Ray's Gospel Mass was composed in 1978. Its premier performance was sung by the University of Illinois-Urbana Campus Black Chorus. It was written while Ray was a liturgy team member of the National Office of Black Catholics. The Gospel Mass was created out of a need from these workshops. It has become a standard part of the choral repertoire and is performed by churches, colleges, universities, orchestras and civic choral groups nationally and internationally.