HU Choir to Perform at Va. Gubernatorial Inauguration
The Hampton University Concert Choir has been invited to perform at the Inauguration of Virginia Governor-elect Robert F. McDonnell. The inauguration will take place on Jan. 16 in Richmond, Va., on the steps of the Virginia State Capitol. The choir will perform between 10:30 a.m. – noon.
“Governor McDonnell is a true representative of service, honor and dedication to improving the way of life for the citizens of Virginia. I am proud for Hampton University to be a part of this historic, inaugural event,” said HU President Dr. William R. Harvey.
The HU Concert Choir, comprised of nearly 40 talented students, will perform in 20-minute sets alternating with the 29th Division Band. They will sing a diversified program of anthems and spirituals, including Roland Carter’s arrangement of “Precious Lord.”
“Historically, choirs have not been involved in the state’s gubernatorial inauguration, so this is truly a great honor for Hampton University to be invited in the celebration,” said Royzell Dillard, director of the HU Choirs.
The HU Concert Choir is the primary touring ensemble for the university. Established in 1870 as the Hampton Singers, this group has distinguished itself by performing in some of the most honorable concert halls and churches in the U.S. and abroad, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. In 1997, the choir performed at the Inauguration of U.S. President William Jefferson Clinton.