The International Gospel Society, Big John Whitfield

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Stirring rhythms, soulful melodies full of positive energy!


Ever since BIG JOHN WHITFIELD moved his centre of life from Oklahoma City/USA to Vienna years ago, it's hard to imagine the Austrian music and party scene without him! He began his singing career at the age of 7 in the Bethal Ame Choir of the local Baptist congregation. From the age of 15, he toured the Midwest of the USA on weekends with his uncle's gospel quartet, developing the power and dynamics of his voice. This is the foundation of his natural and diverse singing style. After years of working with the most diverse gospel choirs in the country, he has finally decided to give in to the pressure of the promoters and is now going on tour with his own singing group THE INTERNATIONAL GOSPEL SOCIETY! With a varied programme and their incomparable interpretations of the most famous gospel hymns such as: "Amazing Grace", "Oh When De Saint" or "Oh Happy Day", their captivating, powerful performance and their stirring temperament will inevitably put any audience in a positive mood and good humour! Get ready for a special musical experience to sing and clap along and become part of this INTERNATIONAL GOSPEL SOCIETY!


2020 is a very special year for us all!
That's why the INTERNATIONAL GOSPEL SOCIETY has decided not to sing the concerts in a church, but to hold its shows this year as a very special CHRISTMAS GOSPEL MATINEE in a cosy setting with a distance, but above all with a high feel-good character in Vienna's Porgy & Bess!

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PORGY & BESS Jazzclub

Porgy & Bess (actually, Jazz and Music Club Porgy & Bess ) is a jazz club in the Riemergasse 11 in the 1st district of Vienna. The club , founded in 1993 is considered " the most important jazz organizer and trendy meeting point " of the Austrian capital .

The program of Porgy & Bess speaks to a very large audience , about 70,000 guests a year ; is accordingly Jazz " understood very pluralistic ," and the program " even in fringe areas , such as electronic music , contemporary music and world music penetrated . " Many international artists , particularly from the U.S. space , see also Austrian musician here an opportunity to perform . The club also offers the stage for events, such as the award of the Austrian World Music Award.

Musicologist Christian Scheib According to the Porgy & Bess " at the same time essential for the development of the musical ( jazz ) reality of a City" and needs and uses ' plain commonplace as urban space music. " It creates itself " through artistic preferences, acoustic quality , capacity and real capacity, the necessary exclusion of other clubs. " Here, the different areas of the jazz clubs allow - the area in front of the stage with tables, upstairs gallery , a lateral area with a bar at counter - different intense concentration on the concert scene . For Jazzthetik Porgy & Bess is even a " traditional club . "

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