An Evening with The Clark Sisters

Event time: 
Friday, April 14, 2023 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm
College Street Music Hall (CSMH) See map
238 College Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Free, but register in advance
Open to: 
General Public
Event description: 

Registration for “An Evening with The Clark Sisters” is currently sold out. If any additional tickets become available, they will be released on Wednesday April 12 at 10 a.m. at this link.

Join us for an evening with the legendary Clark Sisters, a group that has been on the vanguard of gospel music for more than half a century! Come be lifted by their distinctive combination of fiery vocals, spiritual fervor, and sonic innovation. In addition to the Clark Sisters set, the concert will also feature an organ solo from Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark, and a performance with a community choir composed of singers from New Haven and surrounding areas.

The Clark Sisters are an American gospel vocal group consisting of four sisters: Jacky Clark Chisholm, Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark-Terrell, Dorinda Clark-Cole, and Karen Clark Sheard. They are the daughters of gospel musician and choral director Mattie Moss Clark. They are credited for helping to bring gospel music to the mainstream and are considered pioneers of contemporary gospel. Their biggest crossover hits include: “Is My Living in Vain?”, “Hallelujah”, “He Gave Me Nothing to Lose”, “Endow Me”, their hit song “Jesus Is A Love Song”, “Pure Gold”, “Expect a Miracle”, and their largest mainstream crossover gold certified, “You Brought the Sunshine.”

The Clark Sisters are renowned for their vocal stylings, dubbed as “The Clark Sound.” They incorporate high and fast melismas, acrobatic trills and riffs, and deep, soulful growls, or “squalls.” The sisters are also known for the individual distinctive sounds that they contribute. Jacky (contralto) is known for her soft, smooth, deeper vocals. Dorinda (mezzo-soprano), the “jazzy” sister, inputs scats and riffs. Uses her piercing soprano vocals that can be clearly heard on early tracks. Also known for her runs and high melismas, Karen (soprano) is known for her unique riffs, runs, growls, scats, very vast vocal range, ability to belt whilst in the whistle range, and has also been known to implement an “echo” in her live performances. Twinkie is known for her complex runs, riffs, powerful mixed-voice belts, soulful squalls and deep growls. Twinkie (Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano/Alto/Contralto/Tenor/Baritone) is credited with being the “heart of the Clark Sisters.”
Early in the group’s development, Twinkie was the chief songwriter, music and vocal arranger, producer, and also possessing a wide vocal range from soprano to a low baritone.

The Clark Sisters have won three Grammy Awards. With 16 albums to their credit and millions in sales, the Clark Sisters are the highest-selling female gospel group in history. Read more.

Concert can be livestreamed below:



This event is co-sponsored by the following schools and departments at Yale University:

Andover Newton Seminary, Yale School of Art, Belonging at Yale, Chaplain’s Office, Degraffenreidt Resource Fund and 320Y Fund, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office, Yale Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Yale Divinity School, Yale School of Drama , Yale School of the Environment, Film and Media Studies Program, Yale School of Medicine, Yale School of Music, Yale School of Nursing Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, Department of Religious Studies, Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Note: Audience members must be fully vaccinated and up to date with boosters, carry vaccination and booster documentation and be prepared to provide it if asked. Audience members will also be required to wear a mask during the performance.