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November 21, 2005

Annual Christmas Concert At Lincoln University on December 1 at 7 pm.

The Lincoln University Concert Choir will present its Annual Christmas Concert on Thursday evening, December 1 at 7 pm.  The Concert will take place in the Mary Dod Brown Memorial Chapel on the Lincoln University campus.  The Concert Choir will perform part one of Messiah by George Frideric Handel and the beloved Hallelujah Chorus.  Faculty soprano Rita McKinley Pride, Visiting Lecturer in Voice and Opera, will sing "Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion".  Student soloists will include Abdul Barr Khaliq, tenor, Talesia Felder, contralto, Robert Green, baritone, and sopranos Makiah Brown, Britanny Owens, and Karla Prattis. The program will also include short Christmas pieces, including March of the Shepherds by David H. Williams, The Glory of the Father by Egil Hovland/Frank Pooler, Mary Had A Baby by Dello Thedford, Oh, Bless the Name of Jesus by Donnie Harper/Barrington D. Brooks. At the conclusion of the concert, the audience will be invited to sing familiar carols with the Choir.

Dr. William B. Garcia is the artistic director and conductor of the Lincoln Concert Choir.  He is Professor of Music and chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.  The concert will begin with an organ prelude performed by Dr. Grant D. Venerable, II, noted organ soloist and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Lincoln. Dr. Venerable will begin playing at 6:45 pm.  Accompanying the Concert Choir will be Charles Henry Pettaway, Jr., organist and Associate Professor of Music (pianoforte and music literature and materials), and Paula Reynolds Tyler, keyboard accompanist and Visiting Lecturer in Pianoforte.  The guest chamber orchestra will include strings from West Chester University, with Dr. Steven Framil, cellist and contractor.  Dr. Garcia will conduct the performance.

Sponsors of this event are the School of Humanities and Graduate Studies, the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, and the University Lectures and Recitals Committee.This concert is free and open to the public.

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