Saratoga Springs, NY (June 28, 2022) — The Tang Teaching Museum’s acclaimed summer concert series Upbeat on the Roof begins Thursday, July 7, with a gospel performance by one of the region’s most-beloved groups Heavenly Echoes. The concert begins at 6 pm on the lawn outside the Tang. New this year, the Tang features a drop-in art-making table for kids beginning at 5:30 pm.
Founded by the late Deacon James Edmonds out of the Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Albany, Heavenly Echoes performs in the storied tradition of Southern-style gospel music with spirituals, hymns, traditional contemporary gospel, and originals. Heavenly Echoes last played Upbeat in 2016.
Performances take place on the lawn outside the Tang and are free and open to the public. Visitors are invited to bring picnic blankets, camping chairs, and their own food and drink to make it a night. Free parking is available off Perimeter Road, next to the museum. In case of rain, the event will move indoors. Upbeat concerts will continue every Thursday through August 18.
The art-making station for kids is new this year and will be available before every Upbeat concert. Children aged 5-12 are invited to arrive at 5:30 pm to get creative and make art with Tang Education Intern Paul Seggev ’23, the Carole Marchand ’57 Endowed Intern. Each week features a different art-making activity and is free, no registration required.
The Museum will be open before and after the concert. Visitors are invited to view:
- Robert Tracy on Dance
- Alumni Invitational 5
- Elevator Music 43: Yvette Janine Jackson — Destination Freedom
- Hyde Cabinet #17: Behind the Mask
- Lauren Kelley: Location Scouting
- Where Words Falter: Art and Empathy
For more information, call the Tang Visitors Services Desk at 518-580-8080 or visit http://tang.skidmore.edu.
About the Tang Teaching Museum
The Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College is a pioneer of interdisciplinary exploration and learning. A cultural anchor of New York’s Capital Region, the Tang’s approach has become a model for university art museums across the country—with exhibition programs that bring together visual and performing arts with interdisciplinary ideas from history, economics, biology, dance, and physics to name just a few. The Tang has one of the most rigorous faculty-engagement initiatives in the nation, and a robust publication and touring exhibition program that extends the museum’s reach far beyond its walls. The Tang Teaching Museum’s award-winning building, designed by architect Antoine Predock, serves as a visual metaphor for the convergence of art and ideas. The Museum is open to the public Thursdays from noon to 9 pm, and Fridays through Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. The Museum is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active military and their families this summer through Labor Day. http://tang.skidmore.edu.
Image caption: Heavenly Echoes, courtesy the artists
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