Savannah State Concert Choir invited to perform at Carnegie Hall

The Savannah State University (SSU) Concert Choir has been invited to join seven choirs from across the nation to perform a concert of choral music at historic Carnegie Hall on June 14, 2009, at 2 p.m.

The SSU Concert Choir and other voices will open the program, performing two selections by Austrian composer Joseph Haydn: Te Deum in C major, Hob. XXIIIc:2 and Kleine Orgelmesse in B-flat major, Hob.XXII:7.

The choirs will be accompanied by the New England Symphonic Ensemble.

The performance is part of MidAmerica Productions’ Choral Masterpieces by Haydn, Rutter, Berkey and more. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary season as an independent producer of classical concerts, MidAmerica presents soloists and choral and instrumental ensembles from around the world in New York’s Carnegie Hall and other venues.

The SSU Concert Choir is conducted by Nan Poole Spicer, a native of Tuskegee Institute, Ala., where she was a protégée of William L. Dawson, a composer, choir conductor and professor.

She received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance at Alabama State University and the Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Auburn University.

Since joining Savannah State in 2003, Spicer has nurtured and expanded the choir, which performs a repertoire that ranges from Bach to Hip Hop.

Established in 1890, Savannah State University is on the move to become the best value-added university in the nation.

The university’s 3,450 students are enrolled in 23 undergraduate and five graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Sciences and Technology.

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