Gospel artist Norman Hutchins will lead the Unity Festival 2003 Choir in a 4 p.m. performance Sept. 6 at the Unity Festival at Lakeshore Park in Geneva. The choir is open to the public and holds its first workshop with Hutchins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at Mount Calvary Church of God in Christ, 21 Milton St., Geneva. The public is invited to pre-register by calling Community Unified Today, Inc., sponsor of Unity Festival and Hutchins’ visit to Geneva. CUT’s number is 1-877-819-0534. Choir members may also register at the Thursday workshop.
Unity Festival, celebrating diversity, begins at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, and continues through 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Lakeshore Park in Geneva. Admission is free and parking is $3. Performers include: Prime Time Funk, Agonal Rhythm, Pangaia Steel Band, Orchesta Antonetti, Michael Hashim Jazz, Gym Class Heroes, The Dinner Dogs, Youth Talent Show, Let’s Make Music!, GospelFest with Marlowe Smith, Hasan Stephens of Power 106.9.
Fireworks will begin after dark on Saturday and family activities include a scrap art project from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, puppet-making, clowns, mimes, a juggler and a tango-dancing class. Learn history through the Buffalo Soldiers and a Frederick Douglass re-enactor. A punt-pass-kick contest begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 6. Free Vitagrant health screenings will be held throughout the festival.
The theme of the Unity Festival Choir workshop is “7 Levels of Praise.” Friday's rehearsal, also at Mount Calvary Church, will be from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The choir will perform at Unity Festival at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, with Hutchins, who has been on the Billboard Charts’ Top 10 with “Nobody But You” and “Battlefield.”
Unity Fest Choir registration fee is $15 per person, with a family rate available. The registration fee includes one free Unity Fest 2003 parking pass, light buffet meal, workshop materials and two training sessions with Hutchins.
The workshop and choir are open to the public.
Churches from around the Finger Lakes (including Geneva, Elmira, Rochester, etc.) will participate. No choir experience is necessary.