Friday, May 10, 2013

UAB Gospel Choir group headed to U.S. Virgin Islands for mini-tour

Members of the UAB Gospel Choir are heading to the sun and fun of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, May 16-19, 2013.

The group of 15, mostly singers, will be accompanied by Choir Director Kevin P. Turner, who also will serve as accompanist, with the choir's drummer. For three members, this will be their first international trip. The choir will perform music to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement being commemorated this year, and songs from its new CD "Nu-Soul City."

The choir will perform an evening show on the day of their arrival at Sugar Bay Resort and Spa on the east side of the island. On May 17, at noon, they will present a public performance in Charlotte Amalie. On Sunday, the choir will stretch its musical library with a performance at St. Luke's Episcopal Church for the 9 a.m. worship service.

“This is another international honor for us,” Turner said. "During our tour to England two years ago, we performed at Great Britain’s Seventh-Day Adventist Church Headquarters - the Advent Center. On this trip, we have been invited to perform at one of the area's most influential churches with strong ties with the University of the Virgin Islands. They have welcomed us with open arms.

The group will take tours of the islands by land and sea. They will stay at an all-inclusive hotel to help keep expenses down. The hotel has many free amenities for students to enjoy during the group’s free day on Saturday.

“One of our student singers, Sheena Bussey, is a graduating senior, and I believe that after all the hard work she's put in at UAB, she might be looking forward to just getting on the jet to rest her mind,” Turner said with a smile.

After performing, relaxing and enjoying the island, the group will return to Birmingham and prepare for their next performance, the UAB Gospel Choir Summer concert, to be scheduled for July at UAB's Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Shannon Thomason,, is a media specialist in the UAB Office of Media Relations. Her beat covers the arts at UAB.

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