Friday, March 29, 2019

Eric Conway: Morgan Choir sings "Healing Tones" with Philadelphia Orchestra!

Dr. Eric Conway writes:

Last night, the Morgan State University Choir performed a world-premier of the oratorio "Healing Tones" by Hannibal Lokumbe with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra with their musical director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin. This new composition received much exposure due to the piece being dedicated to the survivors of Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, where 11 persons were killed in a mass shooting in October 2018.

The choir had two grueling days of rehearsals with the orchestra in preparation for these concerts. The orchestra arranged for the choir to stay at the Cambria Hotel, only three blocks from the hotel. Former choir member Funmike Logoke, was one of the three principal solo voices in the piece.

The concert was well attended. The music and performance was appreciated enthusiastically. The choir will stay in Philly through Saturday evening’s performance. See links below to articles describing premiere, links to pep talk by music director, and link to bows after the concert!


Nézet-Séguin talk with chorus

Bows after Concert

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