On the Spirit of Chicago for a Gospel Lunch Cruise

May 15, 2008 9:59:54 AM PDT
Chicago's beautiful skyline becomes the backdrop for Gospel singer Tecora Rogers and the Chicago Spirituals aboard the Spirit of Chicago.

Chicago's beautiful skyline becomes the backdrop for the soulful sounds of world-renowned Gospel singer Tecora Rogers and the Chicago Spirituals when they perform aboard the Spirit of Chicago. Chicago native Tecora Rogers (www.tecorarogers.com) has been inspiring audiences all over the world. This year she once again steps aboard the Chicago Spirit of Chicago to share her gift of song during Gospel Lunch Cruises on select Saturdays in 2008: June 14, July 12, August 23, September 13, October 4 and December 6.

This Gospel celebration includes a lunch buffet prepared fresh on board, dancing, and an uplifting performance by the acclaimed Gospel group. Combined with breathtaking views of the city, the cruise makes for one remarkable memory to share with family and friends. Gospel Lunch Cruises begin boarding at 11 a.m. and the ship travels along the Lake Michigan shoreline from Noon until 2 p.m. Tickets are $38.90 per person; taxes, fees, prepaid service charges or fuel surcharges are extra.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 866-391-8439. Tickets may be picked up at the dockside ticket booth prior to departure. For more information visit http://www.spiritofchicago.com.

Spirit of Chicago is located at Navy Pier just off Lake Shore Drive and cruises year-round, rain or shine. Ample parking with shuttle service to Navy Pier is available just off Illinois St. and Grand Ave. The Spirit of Chicago is the gleaming, 192-ft., four-story ship that has been cruising along Chicago's lakefront for nearly 20 years. Designed to accommodate guests from parties of two to 600, Spirit of Chicago is owned and operated by Entertainment Cruises, headquartered in Chicago.

ABOUT TECORA ROGERS AND THE CHICAGO SPIRITUALS

Tecora Rogers and the Chicago Spirituals is a gospel group that blends contemporary and traditional gospel. The group is anchored by international favorite Tecora Rogers who has toured extensively throughout Europe performing gospel with the Shirley Wahls Singers and as a solo artist performing jazz and gospel. In 2003, Tecora was offered the opportunity to bring her own group to Europe and she established the Chicago Spirituals. The group completed their first European tour successfully in December 2004. They performed in several cities throughout Italy. Their tour was so successful they were immediately invited back to perform in 2005 at many of the same venues as well as others. Although there were a couple of group member changes, the 2005 tour was more successful and introduced the Chicago Spirituals' first CD. The 2007-08 tour line-up includes: Tecora Rogers, Group Leader Soprano / Alto; Betty Jones, Alto / Tenor; Corneal Harper, Jr., Baritone; Kevin Smith, Musical Director / Pianist. and newest member Marilyn Hearns, Soprano. From Thomas A. Dorsey to Mahalia Jackson, Chicagoans have been the center of the progress of gospel music for decades. With Tecora Rogers at the helm and Kevin Smith's musical direction, the Chicago Spirituals continue this epic journey. For more information call 773.831.4484 or email: tecora@tecorarogers.com.


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