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Morgan State University Choir to Perform on St. Thomas and St. Croix

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March 18, 2008 – Reichhold Center for the Arts and the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts welcome the return of Morgan State University Choir to the V.I. The choir will perform at the Island Center on St. Croix, Friday, March 28, and at Reichhold Center, Saturday, March 29. Both shows will begin at 8 p.m.
The 40-member MSU student ensemble, part of a larger 140-member mass choir, has a repertoire that includes classical, contemporary and gospel selections. This year, choirs from Ivanna Eudora Kean, led by Monet Davis, and Charlotte Amalie High School, led by Francis Callwood, will perform with them. The three choirs will sing together on "Great Is Thy Faithfulness."
Morgan State Choir recently performed at Strathmore Hall, just outside Washington, D.C., in the program "Free to Sing: The Story of the First African-American Opera Company." The concert featured V.I. native Gylchris Sprauve. After the V.I., the choristers will join conductor Bobby McFerrin and St. Luke's Orchestra of New York for a concert at Carnegie Hall. Performances are also set for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Museum.
The choir accompanies and collaborates with many notables in the music world. It has performed with the New York Philharmonic on Wynton Marsalis' commissioned piece "All Rise." They have also sung and/or recorded with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the National Symphony.
The choir has had a steady rise to the top since 1970, when the late Nathan Carter took over as director. Carter had taken his students across the world, playing venues in Russia, the Canary Islands and the Bahamas. The tradition continues with current director Eric Conway. In 2006, it traveled to Prague, Czech Republic to perform with maestro Paul Freeman. And in 2007, the students recieved rave reviews for their tour across Ghana in celebration of that nation's 50 years of independence.
Support for Morgan State University's performance in the V.I. comes from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Reichhold Center's season sponsors are: First Bank, First Insurance, Marriott's Frenchman's Reef Resort, Tropical Shipping, the V.I. Council on the Arts and Innovative Cable TV.
On St. Croix, tickets are $25 and $15 are available at Alliance Clothing, Urban Threadz and UVI Bookstore. On St. Thomas, tickets are $ 25, $18 and $15 and are available at Modern Music, UVI Bookstore, V.I. Bridal & Tuxedo, Urban Threadz, Essentric Shoe Boutique, Island Video (Nisky), Home Again (Red Hook) and the Reichhold Center box office.

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