A good singer entrances audiences with their voice, directing listeners' emotions with the ease of a psychologist running a game of Simon Says. Give your feelings over to professional vocal cords with today's GrouponLive deal to see The African American Spiritual at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center. For $37, you get one general-admission ticket for Sunday, February 5, at 3:30 p.m. (up to a $77 value, including ticketing fees). Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
Presented by B. Arts Presenter, The African American Spiritual showcases the singing talents of a trifecta of honey-voiced chanteuses as they soar through a set of complex, hymn-inspired vocal arrangements. Sherry Boone, Harriett D. Foy, and Brandie Sutton lend their euphonic pipes to the inspirational properties of the spiritual, warming hearts left cold from winter weather and endless snow-eating contests. The program features seminal works from such legendary composers as Hall Johnson, Roland Hayes, and Edward Boatner, all of whom played a hand in getting the spiritual recognized as a refined, challenging art form. Merkin Concert Hall cradles the majestic melodies in its austere, brutalist frame. The 450-seat performance space's acoustically focused design keeps sound waves happily bouncing into ears, creating a sonic clarity usually achievable only through headphones or paying tiny singers to hold a concert in the ear canal.