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FSU Presents World-Renowned Morgan State University Choir Feb. 19
02/12/2008

Educational Talk by Director Sets the Stage for Performance

The public will have an opportunity to enjoy a world-class performing ensemble and honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., when Frostburg State University presents the Morgan State University Choir Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the Pealer Recital Hall on the FSU campus. The free concert, part of FSU’s ongoing spring celebration of Dr. King’s life, begins at 6:30 p.m. with an educational exchange and talk with several choir members and Dr. Eric Conway, the choir’s director. A spirited performance by the group follows at 7:30 p.m.

Regional choral musicians, congregational and school choirs, FSU choir students and other music lovers are invited to learn more about live performances and the challenges and rigors of touring during Dr. Conway’s pre-performance open dialogue. As director of the Morgan State University Choir, Dr. Conway has been a part of the group’s concerts at venues all over the world. He will offer insights on how professional artists have successful tours, with the help of select Choir members who will also be present during the dialogue. Dr. Conway will also discuss diversity issues as part of a reflection on Dr. King. The Choir will then share their talents with the community during the concert at 7:30 p.m.

Widely recognized as one of the nation’s most prestigious university choral ensembles, the Morgan State University Choir’s repertoire spans several centuries and includes classical, gospel and contemporary popular music. The 50-member traveling ensemble is also noted for its emphasis on preserving the heritage of the spiritual, particularly in the historic practices of performance. The Choir tours internationally on a regular basis and appears with the finest American and European orchestras.

The Choir’s performance at FSU was jointly organized by FSU’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, Cultural Events Series, the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Office of Student and Educational Services, FSU’s Black Student Alliance and the Diversity Center. For more information about the concert, call 301-687-3137.

This tour engagement of Morgan State University Choir is funded through Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's Mid Atlantic Tours program in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the Maryland State Arts Council's American Masterpieces Program.

The Cultural Events Series is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to non-profit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland.

For more information about FSU, contact the Office of Admissions at 301-687-4201 or visit the University’s Web site at www.frostburg.edu.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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