MARQUETTE - In a musical exchange honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the Northern Michigan University choir will travel below the bridge for a "Keeping the Dream Alive" concert with ensembles from two Detroit High Schools. In return, one of the high school groups will accompany the NMU singers back to Marquette for a second performance.

The Detroit concert will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Hubble Avenue. Admission is free. Choirs from NMU, Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts and Renaissance High School will participate.

"Each ensemble will perform separately and then join for a combined number that features the words of Martin Luther King," said Floyd Slotterback, NMU professor and director of the university choir. "The concert will represent a pretty wide variety of music. Most of it is aimed at the African-American experience. We're excited about this opportunity to perform in Detroit with talented choirs from two local schools."

Slotterback said the concert will also feature two guest artists from New York City who will be spending a week on the NMU campus. Larry Woodard is a singer, pianist and accompanist whose work spans a variety of musical categories, including classical and cabaret. John Anthony is a singer, choral director and actor. He has performed with several U.S. metropolitan and European orchestras, served as a bass soloist at many New York City churches and appeared on Broadway and television.

Cheryl Valentine will direct the choral ensemble from the Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts. Nina Scott will direct the Renaissance High School Varsity Chorus.

The Renaissance ensemble will join the NW choir for a concert in Marquette on Tuesday, Jan. 15. It is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. - not 7 p.m., as originally indicated - in Vandament Arena. There is no admission charge.

NMU alumni and friends are invited to pre-concert receptions at 5:30 p.m. on the respective dates. The locations are Westminster Presbyterian Church in Detroit and the Wildcat Room of the Berry Events Center on the NMU campus. For more information, or to RSVP, contact the NMU alumni office at 1-877-GRAD.

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director