Drew University Ubuntu Choir to Stage Spring Concert,

“Songs of Celebration,” Sunday, April 6

MADISON, NJ—The Ubuntu Pan-African choir of Drew University will stage its spring concert, “Songs of Celebration,” on Sunday, April 6, at 3:00 p.m. in the university’s new Dorothy Young Center for the Arts Concert Hall.  The one-hour concert is sponsored by the Morris County Links, Inc., and  will feature the depth and breadth of the African American experience from spirituals to traditional and contemporary gospel songs, African Choruses, R & B, as well as original compositions by the choir’s director, Mark Miller. 

The Ubuntu choir was founded in the fall of 2006.  The mission of the choir is to bring students together over lines of racial-ethnic, cultural and religious differences to sing together songs of freedom and liberation.  The group is a 40-voice, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural choir comprised of Drew students who celebrate the diversity of music from the African Diaspora.  The choir’s name, “Ubuntu,” has been described to mean “unity, togetherness and interdependence of humanity.”  In January, the choir toured the Northeast corridor on a goodwill tour, “Let Justice Roll,” recognizing the work of Martin Luther King, Jr.  The choir was hosted by Boston University’s Marsh Chapel, the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, the Juilliard School, the Riverside Church of New York City, and CBS’ “Early Show.”

The choir is directed by Mark Miller, director of music and composer-in-residence at the Drew Theological School.  Mr. Miller has served as the director of contemporary worship at Marble Collegiate Church and as organist/assistant music director at the Riverside Church, both in Manhattan.  His anthems and arrangements are published by Abingdon Press, as well as other publishers of sacred music, and have broad appeal with choirs and soloists of various denominations and cultural backgrounds.  Most recently, he published a volume of arrangements of hymns written by Charles Wesley, as well as having over 20 original compositions and arrangements published as part of Abingdon’s newest hymnal, “Zion Still Sings.”  The choir performs a significant number of works composed by Mr. Miller, as well as arrangements of African freedom songs, African American spirituals and contemporary African American music.

Tickets for the concert are $2 for Drew students, faculty and staff, and $10 for the general public.  Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 6.  For more information about the tour or Ubuntu, contact Dawud Ingram at dingram@drew.edu.

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Posted: March 24, 2008