Grammy Award Winner to Headline RIT Gospel Fest Feb. 4

Concert celebrates 30th anniversary of RIT Gospel Ensemble

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Smokie Norful

Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Campus Life has teamed up with the RIT Gospel Ensemble and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion to host Gospel Fest 2011, 8 p.m. Feb. 4 in Clark Gymnasium.

This year’s concert features a performance by gospel legend Smokie Norful, whose music and message is widely known throughout the gospel community. Norful won a Grammy Award for his 2004 release Nothing Without You.

The Gospel Ensemble and Kevin McDonald, RIT’s chief diversity officer, will be the opening acts. Founded in 1981, the ensemble is a student-run organization comprised of students, faculty, staff and community members. The group is known for singing black spirituals, interdenominational anthems and hymns, and modern-day gospel songs.

Tickets for Gospel Fest 2011—$11 for RIT students, faculty, staff and alumni, and $16 for the general public—can be purchased at RIT’s Gordon Field House box office or at For discounted group sales or to charge by phone, call 585-475-4121.