Artist to showcase a gospel 'journey' at Grand Halle

Mar. 14—JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — This performance will offer an engaging afternoon of gospel music.

Renowned pianist, composer and recording artist Henry McKenzie Davis will present "A Spiritual Journey" at 3 p.m. Sunday at The Grand Halle, 306 Broad St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Concertgoers will experience a show of inspiration, celebration and musical enlightenment as Davis takes them on a journey through the power of gospel music with piano and percussion.

"Davis performs with spirit and joy," said Kim Rauch, program director for The Grand Halle. "We're so blessed to have this caliber of musician right here in our city to bring the community together."

Angelique Stolar, program manager for The Grand Halle, said the performance will pay tribute to the revitalized former church, its history and what it means to people.

"It ties into what we're trying to do here and preserve why these buildings are still impactful and meaningful in the community," she said.

"We want to make sure there's an offering that can tap into a variety of different crowds and can really lean into what music means to people."

Hailing from Rockville, Maryland, Davis is considered a gospel music pioneer in the mid-Atlantic region and is celebrated worldwide for his musical contributions.

Along with having served as the international crusade pianist for evangelist Billy Graham, Davis has graced venues throughout the United States and around the world, including the Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Royal Albert Hall in London, and in Calcutta, India, where he had a personal audience with Nobel Peace Prize recipient Mother Teresa.

Attendees will be treated to a blend of gospel classics and original compositions, showcasing Davis's artistry and unwavering devotion to his craft.

From the iconic "God Is" to the timeless hymn "Peace in the Valley," his repertoire resonates with the essence of faith and inspiration.

"He has a whole repertoire that he selects from, and chooses songs that feel right for the moment," Stolar said. "He'll be doing a variety of songs."

She said Henry's performance will sound exceptional in The Grand Halle.

"The piano, combined with the vocals, is what the building was made for, so I think it's going to sound all-encompassing and really generate feelings that invoke different emotions from all different kinds of people," Stolar said.

A preconcert reception with light refreshments will be held at 2:30 p.m.

"I hope people experience a connection to the greater meaning behind The Grand Halle," Stolar said. "We can have different kinds of music in there and it's still art and culture, and that can have whatever meaning you choose to apply to it."

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students.

They are available in advance by calling the box office at 814-254-4033 or online at www.GrandHalle.com.

Tickets also will be available at the door.