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Morgan State University Choir to Sing Concert at Juniata College

(Posted October 22, 2007)

Eric Conway, director of the Morgan State University Choir, leads the ensemble in song

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Bringing an impeccable sense of harmony and a deep appreciation for the historical tradition of the African-American spiritual, the Morgan State University Choir will perform at Juniata College at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, in Rosenburger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts on the Juniata campus. For tickets and information about the Juniata College Presents series, please call (814) 641-3608. General admission tickets for single performances are $20, except where otherwise noted. Single-show tickets for seniors over age 65 and children age 18 and under are $12. Juniata College students are admitted free with a student ID. The acclaimed choir, based at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md., has more than 140 members and performs throughout the United States and internationally. The group\'s repertoire ranges from contemporary pop to gospel to classical, but the choir is noted for its mission to preserve the heritage of spirituals. Morgan State\'s Choir keeps a busy schedule of appearances with major orchestras, appearing with such celebrated ensembles as the national Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. They also are featured in the Wynton Marsalis composition \"All Rise,\" recorded with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. The choir is led by Eric Conway, director of the choir and chair of the fine arts department at Morgan State. He was associate director of the choir for more than 20 years, until taking over the ensemble upon the death of Nathan Carter, who led the group for more than 30 years. He earned a doctoral degree in music from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. The choir also has made many recordings, including albums such as \"Precious Lord,\" \"I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes,\" \"Powerful Spirit\" and \"2006 Spring Concert.\" The choir also has appeared at several recent special events, including the 2005 service honoring Rosa Parks, the civil rights pioneer who was the first woman to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. The choir also performed a television concert in 2006 to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, La. This year, the choir participated in a Living Jazz Legends concert at Washington\'s Kennedy Center in March, where they performed with such musicians as Nancy Wilson, Regina carter, Jon Faddis, Billy Taylor and T.S. Monk. In August, the choir toured Ghana. The choir also has toured Russia, Europe, Asia and Africa, as well as the Bahamas and other Caribbean nations.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.