GRINNELL, IA -- Soprano Randye Jones and pianist Michelle Crouch will present "The Art of the Negro Spiritual" on Wednesday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in Herrick Chapel on the Grinnell College campus. The program will feature familiar spirituals such as "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen," "O Freedom," and "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child." The recital is free and open to the public.

“These spirituals describe the trials and tribulations of life, belief in the power of prayer, and assurance of redemption,” Jones explained. “Many of them communicate layers of meaning that have as much significance today as they did when these songs were first sung.”

Jones, who is on the library staff at Grinnell College, has gained international recognition for her research of African American vocalists and composers through her website, Afrocentric Voices in Classical Music. She also conducts research and presents lectures and recitals on the Negro spiritual, and has served as a consultant for The Kennedy Center Honors and The Washington Chorus. Crouch is completing a doctorate in voice performance at the University of Iowa. She has performed in Calgary and Toronto and with the University of Iowa’s Center for New Music.