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‘Spiritual Sketches’

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Grammy-nominated composer, pianist and conductor Damien Sneed, an Augusta native, has teamed up with operatic tenor Lawrence Brownlee for a new album, Spiritual Sketches, due out June 11.

The collaboration features fresh arrangements of traditional spirituals, including All Night, All Day, Every Time I Feel The Spirit, Deep River, Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child, Sinner Please Don’t Let This Harvest Pass and others.

Sneed was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2010 for his work on Vickie Winans’ album, How I Got Over, which received two Stellar awards.

The John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School graduate went on to study at Howard University, the Peabody Con­servatory of Johns Hopkins Uni­versity, New York University, the Manhattan School of Music and the Christian Bible Institute and Seminary. He was a professor of music at City University of New York and staff accompanist at The Juilliard School.

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Extreme Tour

The Extreme Tour stops in Hephzibah at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 5.

The free outdoor event includes giveaways and live music at Open Arms Community Church, 4694 Windsor Spring Road, Hephzibah. Call (706) 664-4559 or see for more information.

Vacation Bible School

Submit information about your church’s upcoming Vacation Bible School programs to be included in an upcoming issue of The Augusta Chronicle. E-mail the church name, address, time, date and program details to or fax (706) 722-7403.

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