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BME Spring Concert Uplifts and Unites

The audience at Berea Baptist Church was filled with friends, family, students, alumni, and people of the community who wanted to show their support and appreciation for the members of the Black Music Ensemble and their joyous singing.

BME Spring Concert 2006

"Our desire is that when you leave here, you leave here better than you came," said Dr. Kathy Bullock, director of the BME. She wanted the audience to feel "inspired and uplifted."

The BME seemed to excel in reaching that goal. The audience members were encouraged to participate in the concert by raising their arms and singing along. Many people were swaying and clapping with the music, leaping to their feet at the more buoyant songs, laughing and cheering at the words of the BME organizers, and murmuring amens when they felt especially touched by the sentiment in the room.

Twelve songs were performed, including "Imagine Me," "Lead Me to the Rock," "I've Got a Reason to Praise the Lord," and "Lift Him Up," from which this spring's concert took its title. The ensemble also sang "More Than Conquerors," a song written by BME member Eric Jackson, and had a special selection, "Feel Good" by Royalty Jackson, which contained a contemporary hip-hop influence. The ensemble wished to honor newer styles of music in addition to traditional spirituals, Bullock explained.

Twelve graduating seniors of the ensemble were also honored during the concert. With a group that large, the ensemble wanted to do something special, and so the seniors were called to take the stage and perform without the rest of the ensemble. Bullock said she has been "watching the [students] grow and blossom" over the years, and she recognized each member individually with a plaque and short speech.

The members of the BME then bestowed director Bullock, assistant director Kimberly Wilson, and student accompanist Demetrius Russell with tokens of their appreciation.

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