University of Rochester Gospel Choir to Perform at Genesee Community College

Looking for a festive way to start your holiday celebrations? The University of Rochester Gospel Choir will perform at Genesee Community College on Thursday, November 30 at 7:00 PM. Directed by Rev. Alvin Parris, the choir serves as an ambassador of goodwill for the University and community through the music of the black gospel tradition. The event is part of the Global Education Committee’s continued efforts to promote cultural diversity, and is FREE to the public.

Rev. Parris was born in Washington DC and is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. He founded and has directed the University of Rochester gospel choir since 1976 and is a widely performed composer and arranger, as well as a worldwide authority on gospel music. He has periodically been a guest lecturer in Music Theory, Music History, and Jazz Improvisation at the University of Rochester. In addition, Rev. Parris has established gospel choirs at a number of institutions, including Rochester Institute of Technology, Nazareth College, St. John Fisher College, and Monroe Community College.

Parris’ compositions – a wide variety of gospel songs, hymns, anthems, and symphonic works – have been performed both in the United States and abroad. His Symphony No. 1 (Symphony of Faith) was commissioned by the Arts for Greater Rochester to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1988. The 7:00 pm performance occurs in the Genesee Community College Forum and because the event is free of charge and open to the public, College officials are encouraging everyone to bring family and friends for a spirited evening of song and music.

Photos of the University of Rochester Gospel Choir are available at http://www.rochester.edu/College/MUR/ensembles/gospelchoir/photos.html. Fore more information, please contact Nina Mortellaro, Technical Assistant – Human Communications and Behavior at Genesee Community College at (585) 343-0055 x6228.
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