The Indiana University South Bend Chorale and Chamber Choirs, along with the South Bend Symphonic Choir, performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Sunday, May 8. “It was a wonderful experience,” said Marvin V. Curtis, dean of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts. “The choirs were well-prepared and sang their pieces beautifully.” The choirs are comprised of 52 singers with 27 of them being IU South Bend students.
During the concert the choirs sang works arranged and conducted by Curtis (“Great Day”) and IU South Bend Assistant Professor of Music Education James Bowyer (“Bow Down Low”).
The choirs were invited to perform at Carnegie Hall by composer Jacqueline Hairston. She had worked with Curtis before and upon hearing a recording of the choirs invited them to be part of the performance. Other guest artists will join in the concert.
A product of The Julliard School, Howard University, and Columbia University, Hairston is an award-winning composer, arranger, pianist, and music educator. She is the recipient of the Jefferson Award for Preserving Negro Spirituals, the Los Angeles Living Legends Award for arranging African-Diaspora music, and was inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame for Culture and Art. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 as a guest conductor with 300 singers performing her trademark choral arrangements of spirituals.