Southern Gospel Comes to San José

October 7, 2005

THE Eugene O’Neill Theater at the Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center, in the eastern suburb of San Pedro, will be the venue for a gospel and reggae concert Oct. 14.Professors and graduate students from Florida State University will be performing traditional and contemporary gospel music, while the six-person Costa Rican musical group Masterkey will present “Gospel According to Roots,” a mixture of classic gospeland reggae music, featuring covers of songs by reggae legend Bob Marley.“(Gospel music) is characterized by its positive, encouraging and hopeful lyrics,” said a statement from Masterkey, “lyrics that are necessary to give encouragement to the black race in the time of slavery and in the era of discrimination in the United States and the world.”The concert is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, available at the theater box office, cost ¢2,500 ($5.20) for adults and ¢2,000 ($4.15) for students and senior citizens. For info, call the cultural center at 207-7554. Masterkey will also be giving a concert Oct. 13 at 8 p.m., at the Melico Salazar Theater in downtown San José. Tickets for this show are available at the theater’s box office (257-6005) and range from ¢1,500-2,500 ($3.10-5.20).

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