Monday, September 16, 2019

Eric Conway: Morgan State U. Choir performs for Re-Opening of Enoch Pratt Free Library!

Dr. Eric Conway writes on September 15, 2019:

Yesterday, the Morgan State University Choir performed for the re-opening of the Central Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library on Cathedral Street downtown. The library had a full day of activities beginning with a ribbon cutting ceremony with many city officials on hand. The library underwent a $115 million restoration project that took over three years to complete. Thousands of persons came out to see the finished project. 

Libraries nowadays are much different, boasting scores of computers and multi-media rooms as well as the stacks of books. The entire building underwent a restoration, from the basement to the top floor, with a goal of having the building restored to how it looked in 1933 when it originally opened. As a native Baltimorean, I well appreciated the transformation. Many times as a student, I was referred to the main branch of the Enoch Pratt whenever my local branch did not have the requested book on hand. I had a chance to walk around the building and take in the beautiful changes to the library.

What a great day for the city of Baltimore - reclaiming one of its treasures - the Enoch Pratt Free Library! I was pleased that the Morgan State University Choir had an opportunity to be a part of this celebration.
See attached photos to our event, and PDFs of literature given to those in attendance. Also see links to a Baltimore Sun feature story about the opening and a link to the choir’s performance.


Baltimore Sun Coverage of Opening:

Link to choir performance:
We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. - Aristotle
Eric Conway, D.M.A.
Fine and Performing Arts Department, Chair
Morgan State University

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