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Inversion Vocal Ensemble For This Juneteenth In Chattanooga

Dave Ragland, at left - with members of Inversion Vocal Ensemble.
Inversion Vocal Ensemble
Dave Ragland, at left - with members of Inversion Vocal Ensemble.

Here in Chattanooga, music takes center stage on the evening of Juneteenth.

Inversion Vocal Ensemble, based in Nashville, will perform at the Juneteenth Commemoration Ceremony - on Wednesday starting at 6 PM at the Walker Theatre.

The ceremony on the holiday is part of this month’s Juneteenth Festival, celebrating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans after the Civil War - and one of several festivals hosted by the Chattanooga Festivals of Black Arts and Ideas.

Dave Ragland, a four-time Emmy-nominated composer, is artistic director and co-founder of Inversion Vocal Ensemble.

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