The Baton Rouge Chapter of the
Dillard University National Alumni Association, Inc.
“An Evening with Dillard University”
Friday, March 13th
On Friday March 13, one of America’s premiere choral groups, the Dillard University Concert Choir will be performing in Darrow, LA at 7:30 p.m. at the Hopeful Triumph Baptist Church, located at 38584 Highway 22 for the very first time as a part of its national tour. Hopeful Triumph is pastored by Dillard University Alumnus, Dr. Sidney J. Tobias, Jr. and the Baton Rouge Area Chapter of the DU Alumni Association is sponsoring the event.
Prior to the 7:30pm concert (6:00pm) Vice-President David Page and the DU Office of Enrollment Management (along with Dillard Alumni from the area) will be presenting its “Dimensions Program” to share what Dillard University has to offer for prospective students. All high school students in the area along with family and friends are invited to attend.
Over the last 41 years, the Dillard Choir has been under the direction of internationally acclaimed lyric tenor Dr. S. Carver Davenport. It is an exceptionally well-trained and talented university choral group with a long and distinguished history of performing both the traditional music of the black experience, as well as the classics, folk and popular music of the contemporary era. The musical and artistic elegance of this 40-voice choir will touch the spirit and leave the listener filled with aesthetic admiration and spiritual joy. Audiences continue to be mesmerized by the musical artistry and extraordinary vocal talent of this college choir.
The choir will perform the music of globally renowned composer, arranger, director and pianist Moses Hogan as well as traditional spirituals and sacred music. It will also perform a stunning candlelight rendition of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Come Sweet Death.”
In December 2013, the Dillard University Choir was granted the honor of performing at the White House for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama during the Christmas holiday season.
During Katrina, the Dillard campus experienced $400 Million in physical and infrastructural damages and is still re-building its student base to the pre-Katrina level. The choir concert and national tour contributes to the ongoing revitalization of the university by exposing the public and potential students to the resilience and determination of this nationally renowned and highly ranked HBCU. The Baton Rouge and River Parishes have historically provided Dillard with a pool of highly talented students, and very successful graduates.
The entire community is cordially invited to the concert which is free and open to the general public. Music lovers, church choral groups and choirs, college and high school choirs, National Pan-Hellenic Council Organizations (NPHC) and HBCU’s are especially invited to enjoy this extraordinary musical treat. A $5.00 donation is welcomed.
For more information, please contact Dillard’s National Alumni President and Event Chairperson, Pamela Francois at firstname.lastname@example.org or Hopeful Triumph Baptist Church at 225-474-0901, http://www.hopefultriumph.com.