The best vocalists from the nation’s Historically Black College and University choirs will gather Sunday, Sept. 7 at the Kennedy Center for an unforgettable performance celebrating the musical virtuosity of African-American conductors: “105 Voices of History.” Chorale Director Alvin Tuck, the event’s national festival chairperson, and senior choir member Lateshia Scott will represent Fort Valley State University at the concert. Tony-Award Winning actress Phylicia Rashad will serve as mistress of ceremonies.
“105 Voices in History” is a White House initiative designed to showcase the talents of African-American composers and the nation’s HBCUs. FVSU was one of 20 universities chosen to lay the groundwork for the Kennedy Center performance. Tuck was also responsible for the conductor and choir selection for the event.
“I am extremely excited to represent FVSU at such a stellar performance with some of the nation’s best musicians,” said Tuck. “It is a White House initiative for the preservation of HBCU choirs. This is the first time that conductors and students from all the black colleges in America will be coming together for a national concert.”
The 105 Voices Choir will perform songs composed by Chaney University professor Damon Dandridge, Norfolk State Choir Director Dr. Carl Haywood and Howard University’s Dr. James Weldon Norris.
A conductor’s summit will precede the concert on Sept. 4 and 5. Participants will discuss how to recruit and retain students for music programs, how to build collaboration between the nation’s HBCUs and how to enhance performance opportunities for multipleHBCUs.
To watch the performance by live Web cast, visit http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium.