Choir concert, lecture to celebrate the life of famed musician William L. Dawson


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (March 27, 2012) — Tuskegee University will honor renowned composer and arranger William Levi Dawson during its annual lecture and concert, respectively, on Saturday, March 31.

Dana Chandler, Tuskegee University archivist and adjunct history professor, has been chosen to present the 2012 Dawson Lecture on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. in the University Chapel. Later at 7 p.m. in Logan Hall, the 21st Annual William L. Dawson Institute for Classical and Folk Music Concert will feature several choral groups from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Joining the Tuskegee University Golden Voices Concert Choir will be the Alabama State University Choir, Claflin University Concert Choir and Clark Atlanta Philharmonic Society.  The Tuskegee University Alumni Concert Choir and the Tuskegee University Concert Band will also perform selections.

The concert and lecture pay tribute to Dawson, the legendary composer and arranger of Negro spirituals. During his tenure (1931-1955), Dawson helped the Tuskegee choir rise to new levels of renown.

The Dawson Institute was established 21 years ago to honor Dawson’s legacy of excellence in music. As part of its mission, it works to promote Dawson’s creativity and his intellectual work and to ensure that his work remains a vital part of the spiritual genre. The institute also ensures that the university and the general community will continue to learn about this great American musician. 

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Henry J. Findlay at 334-724-4316 or Shari Stoudemire at 334-727-8601.

© 2012 Tuskegee University

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