Bahamas Ambassador Among Special Guests at Morgan State University Christmas Concert
Oswald Brown | 12/16/2013, 4:21 p.m.
Eugene G. Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, his wife, Francoise, and Paulette Zonicle, the Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C., were among the special guests who attended the annual Christmas concert of the world renowned Morgan State University choir at the school’s Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center in Baltimore on Sunday, Dec. 15.
The roughly 2,000 people in attendance were treated to a two-hour performance by the 125-member choir, which was supported by a 36-member orchestra and directed by Eric Conway, chair of the school's fine arts department.
Newry and Zonicle, along with a number of elected officials and educators from South Africa, were introduced to the audience during intermission by Dr. David Wilson, president of Morgan.
In his welcoming remarks in the concert program, Wilson said that Morgan was “honored to present this annual holiday tradition to the Morgan community and the city of Baltimore.”
“Members of the Morgan choir have earned international acclaim as ambassadors for our university and for the state of Maryland,” Wilson said. “They have performed in some of the most recognizable concert halls and venues throughout Italy, Australia, Russia and other great nations. But the choir recently enjoyed one of the most timeless moments of its long and laudable history earlier this month, receiving distinct honor of being called upon to offer tribute to one of the world’s greatest humanitarians, Nelson Mandela.
“The scholar performers you will see and hear this evening this week performed at the United States’ national memorial service for Nelson Mandela at the National Cathedral, a fitting performance for a choir which serenaded South Africa’s greatest hero on his 90th birthday just five years ago while touring the nation,” Wilson said.
Following the concert, a reception was held in the Fine Arts Center dining area, where Newry and Zonicle met faculty members and special guests, including former Rep. Kweisi Mfume, who represented Maryland’s 7th Congressional District for five terms.
Mfume, the former president and CEO of the NAACP, is currently chairman of the board at Morgan.