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Spelman College Glee Club Celebrates 2013 Presidential Inauguration with Historic Performances


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Terrilyn Simmons
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ATLANTA (Jan. 18, 2013)
– From Jan. 20-21, the Spelman College Glee Club will perform at three prominent events in Washington, D.C., in honor of the 57th Presidential Inauguration where Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America.

The Glee Club will begin their historic inaugural performances at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremony. Once the wreath has been laid, the Glee Club will close the ceremony with several inspirational selections including the Negro National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”  The group will then travel to the Washington National Cathedral where they will perform during the prelude to the Evensong Service. The choir will grace the audience with several moving spiritual selections to include “America the Beautiful” and “Steal Away to Jesus.”

They will end their tour with representatives from more than 200 nations when they perform at the Ambassadors Inaugural Ball. Organized and hosted by prominent leaders from around the world, various representatives from Spelman will be in attendance at the ball to hear the Glee Club perform including President Beverly Daniel Tatum. Well-regarded Spelman alumna Adrienne Lance Lucas, president and co-founder of the KENO Foundation, Inc. which is one of the event sponsors, will also attend. To close their tour, the Glee Club will end this performance with their signature song “A Choice to Change the World,” written by Spelman alumna Sarah Stephens, C’2007, and Dr. Kevin Johnson, associate professor of music and director of the Spelman College Glee Club.

Performance Schedule:

Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Wreath Laying Ceremony
11:30 a.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial
1964 Independence Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20024

Evensong Service
3 p.m.
Washington National Cathedral 
3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

Monday, Jan. 21, 2013
Ambassadors Inaugural Ball
7 p.m.
The Carnegie Library
Mt. Vernon Square
801 K Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

In December, the Spelman College Glee Club launched a video campaign to perform at an official inaugural event.  As a result of their campaign, they have been invited to perform at several events being hosted in honor of the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. 

Spelman College Glee Club
Made up of more than 50 talented performers, the Spelman College Glee Club has maintained a reputation of choral excellence for more than 50 years. The primary performance organization of the College, the choir sings for most campus events. The Glee Club has traveled throughout the country performing for a variety of audiences in concert halls such as Fanueil Hall in Boston, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Their international travels have taken them to Brazil and Canada.

The Glee Club has had the unique opportunity to perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and world-renowned singer Jessye Norman, and in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration. A perennial highlight of the Christmas season in Atlanta is the annual Christmas Carol Concert presented by both the Spelman and Morehouse college glee clubs. The audience swells to more than 6,000 for three nights of festive music. Other major performances include their spring concert tour, and their annual fall and spring concerts at Spelman. Repertoire consists of sacred and secular choral literature for women’s voices with special emphasis on traditional spirituals, music by African-American composers, music from many cultures and commissioned works.
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