The Morgan State University Choir will be touring Qatar, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), May 18-30. 2014. Considered one of the most prestigious choral ensembles in the nation, the university will be sending its top 30 vocalists to perform in Doha, Muscat, Dubai and Abu Dhabi for the first time.
Under the direction of Dr. Eric Conway, the ensemble of singers will be performing a wide range of music, including classical selections and gospel. Over the years, the choir has risen in prominence and had the honor of performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall and the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The choir also regularly tours and has visited the Virgin Islands, Canary Islands, Canada, Africa, Asia and Europe, most recently traveling to Australia, where the choir performed to mass audiences.
One of the choir’s most historic moments came with the opportunity to sing under the baton of Robert Shaw, conducting the Orchestra of St. Lukes and joined by Jessye Norman, among others in Carnegie Hall’s One Hundredth Birthday Tribute to Marian Anderson. The Morgan State University Choir has shared its musical gifts on many grand stages all over the world, with numerous dignitaries and celebrated performers – making them cultural ambassadors for Morgan State University, the City of Baltimore, the State of Maryland and the United States.
“These singers bowl over crowds whenever and wherever they perform.” proclaimed The Baltimore Sun.
Their conductor, Dr. Eric Conway also serves as chairperson of the fine arts department. He has served as Associate Conductor and principal accompanist for the Morgan State University Choir for the past twenty years under the leadership of the late Nathan Carter. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where he majored in Piano Performance and minored in Conducting. While at the Peabody, Conway was a recipient of the prestigious Liberace Scholarship, as well as a winner in the Yale Gordon Concerto Competition where he earned the honor of playing Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra. Some of his significant accomplishments as pianist include a tour of Eastern Africa, sponsored by the United States Information Agency. One of the highlights of the tour was a solo performance for Madagascan television and radio. He has performed as soloist with several orchestras including, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Baltimore Concert Artists, Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, Georgetown University Orchestra, and the Millbrook Orchestra in Shepardstown, West Virginia. In January 2006 he performed Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to wide acclaim.
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THE TOUR SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE:
Doha, Qatar – private concert
Thursday, 22 May at 19h
The American International School of Muscat (TAISM), Bosch Center for the Performing Arts with special guest performers the Muscat Singers.
Presented by the Muscat Singers and The American International School of Muscat
Tickets: 5 OMR. Please contact TAISM Main Office for tickets. Tel: (968) 9557-4887: Weekdays after 4pm, Weekends between 8am-10pm. All proceeds to benefit the Muscat Singers Choir Fund and other local charities.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Tuesday, May 27
The British School Al Khubairat with special guest performers: Al Khubairat Singers with Guest Orchestral Players.
*Concert will feature the powerful Carmina Burana.
Presented by the British School Al Khubairat.
Tickets: 50 AED Adults /10 AED Children. Please contact Jonathan Lyall at (968) 050-523-1275 or JLyall@britishschool.sch.ae
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Wednesday, May 28
Brighton College Abu Dhabi
Presented by Brighton College Abu Dhabi and The Abu Dhabi Choral Society