Come Together: A Concert of Gospel and Jazz, featuring CCJO and gospel choir
Friday, July 7 @ 7:30pm | Memorial Hall

Come Together: A Concert of Gospel and Jazz will pay tribute to a memorable moment where the worlds of gospel and jazz came together for a March 1963 recording that joined the legendary Dukes of Dixieland with Clara Ward and Her Gospel Singers. This landmark recording, titled We Gotta Shout!, has never been performed for a live audience and will include 11 contemporary versions of the gospel songs on the record arranged by Eric Lechliter.

The CCJO will be joined by vocalists representing over a dozen church choirs from around the Tri-State. Leading the ensemble will be A. Michael Cunningham. He serves as the minister of music at New Jerusalem Baptist Church and is music director for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Classical Roots concert Community Mass Choir.

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Tickets*: On sale now! Tickets are available at:

  • Adults | $15
  • Students | $10

Benefitting: A portion of ticket sales will go to support the Seven Hills Neighborhood House.

Concert Sponsors: ArtsWave, Al Harris, Matt and Holly Kraick and many CCJO fans and friends!

*Important Ticketing Note: We will not be issuing paper tickets for this event. Your name will be on a list at will call. Please bring a print out of your receipt. Seating is first come first served.

A. Michael Cunningham, choir music director

A. Michael Cunningham has served as minister of music at New Jerusalem Baptist Church for more than a decade. Through his leadership, the program has grown to nearly 100, including: 4 choirs, a praise team and several auxiliaries. The largest choir performed at the World Choir games here and released its first CD in April 2017 with Mr. Cunningham as producer.

A former professional violinist with the Gadsden Symphony and a professional baritone with the Birmingham Opera, Mr. Cunningham holds a B.A. in Music Performance in voice and and a B.S. in Business Management, both from the University of Alabama. He began singing at his home church at 4, playing the violin at 6 and playing the saxophone at 12.

Mr. Cunningham is the music director of the Urban League’s Mass Choir, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Classical Roots Mass Choir, and served as the inaugural director of Procter & Gamble’s AALN Voices of Destiny Choir. He has collaborated with artists including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Lee Greenwood, Hezekiah Walker and Stevie Wonder.

Mr. Cunningham also serves in volunteer capacities with the Urban League, Boy Scouts and United Way. In 2014, he was honored by the Cincinnati Visitors Bureau with the Wendell P. Dabney Award for Diversity for his work with the CSO’s 150 voice Classical Roots Mass Choir. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Chamber Music Cincinnati, the nation’s third oldest chamber music society that presents the world’s leading international ensembles, performing the works of the world’s greatest composers.