Two State College musical groups will join the featured Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University in a program titled “A Choral Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” The concert will be held on Jan. 20, at 4 p.m. in Eisenhower Auditorium at Penn State.
The local groups are: Essence of Joy and the State College Area High School Master Singers.
Modeled after a program first presented in 1990 by the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., “A Choral Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” will bring together vocal ensembles from Penn State and State High. Performances will focus on choral and vocal music from African and African-American musical idioms that emphasize the legacy and influence of the late champion of civil and human rights.
King was born on Jan. 15, 1939, and assassinated on April 5, 1968.
The Howard Gospel Choir was founded in the late 1960s and is considered the first collegiate choir of its kind. With an active roster of more than 70 persons, including both Howard University students and alumni, the choir has an international reputation for its gospel music. Its full-length album titled “Glorious God” is available on most digital platforms.