LEWISTON — The Gospelaires, a gospel ensemble comprised of members of the Bates College and greater Lewiston-Auburn communities, will host a concert featuring several guest artists at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Peter J. Gomes Chapel at Bates, 275 College St.

Titled “Celebrating God’s Gifts,” the concert will feature singers from Bowdoin College, Christ Temple Church of Auburn and the Blessed Hope Tabernacle Outreach Ministries in South Boston, Mass. In addition to music, the program will include dance and spoken-word performances.

The group’s music director is Stephen Saxon. He was church pianist and choir director for the Brunswick Naval Air Station Chapel from 1999 until its closing in September 2010. A graduate of Bowdoin College, he is a professional composer, producer, arranger and recording engineer.

A Bates senior from Boston, Cassandra Desrosiers has sung with the Gospelaires since her first year at the college. The Gospelaires, she explained, are driven as much by faith and fellowship as music. “We don’t audition anyone. If you want to sing for God, you can sing for God — that isn’t a thing based on your vocal ability.”

Admission is free, but donations support the All Nations Church of Lewiston, which is gathering resources to provide basic needs for incoming refugee families. For more information, call 617-633-1471.


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