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The acclaimed University Singers, takes its outstanding repertoire of music to New York this month, with one performance at the Brooklyn College on Saturday, December 13, at 8:00 p.m.
The group will open the holiday portion of the 2008-2009 season of the Brooklyn Centre for the Performing Arts (BCPA), with a performance titled ‘Christmas in the Caribbean’. The concert is part of the Centre’s World Stages concert series.
Noted for their versatile repertoire, which includes classical chorale, negro spirituals, jazz, folk, gospel, and original music by Caribbean composers, the University Singers has distinguished itself as one of the leading chorale groups in the Caribbean.
Founded in 1957, the University Singers is comprised of more than 40 talented undergraduate and graduate students from the University of the West Indies (UWI). For the past 30 years, the group has performed internationally under the direction of distinguished musician and composer Noel Dexter, with musical staging by Vice Chancellor Emeritus, UWI, Professor Rex Nettleford,
The accomplished group has received many awards, including the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence; the Vice Chancellor’s Award for sterling contribution to the University; and a Gold Musgrave Medal from the Institute of Jamaica.
In addition to representing Jamaica at music festivals and other international events, the choir has performed at numerous state functions and for notable world figures including former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela; former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Anan; former Archbishop of South Africa, Desmond Tutu; former president of Botswana, Dr. Quett Masire; and Queen Elizabeth II. In 1995 they appeared on NBC’s The Today Show.
In addition, they have toured the world extensively, with performances in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the wider Caribbean.
The mission of the Brooklyn Centre for the Performing Arts, is to present outstanding performing arts and arts education programmes, embracing the world culture that defines Brooklyn’s diverse communities, at an affordable cost.
The ‘World Stages’ concert series, incorporating the ‘Christmas in the Caribbean’ performance by the University Singers, is made possible through the generous support of Air Jamaica, National Grid, Macy’s, the Brooklyn delegation of the New York State Assembly, among others.
The Brooklyn Centre for the Performing Arts is located on the campus of the Brooklyn College at 2900 Campus Road, Brooklyn, NY. T: 718-951-4500

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