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Dartmouth College Gospel Choir to perform at inaugural event in Washington, D.C.

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 01/16/09 • Media Contact: Latarsha Gatlin (603) 646-3661

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The Dartmouth College Gospel Choir has been selected to perform at the Inaugural Finance Committee Welcome Breakfast in Washington, D.C. on Sunday morning, Jan. 18th in the National Building Museum.

Also performing at the breakfast, and at times sharing the stage with the Dartmouth College Gospel Choir, are Grammy-winning gospel singer Yolanda Adams; Grammy-winning gospel singer BeBe Winans and legendary singer, songwriter and Grammy winner Carole King.

Dartmouth Gospel Choir
The Dartmouth College Gospel Choir, seen here performing at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, will be singing at the Inaugural Finance Committee Welcome Breakfast in Washington, D.C. this Sunday. Their performance is part of President-Elect Obama's inaugural festivities.

Nearly 80 singers and band members from the gospel choir will be making the trip to the nation’s capital this weekend for the occasion. During the event, they will perform such songs as “Sunday Blues” and “Lovely Day.”

Recent Dartmouth grads Khadijah Bermiss '08 (a New York native now living in Chicago) and Anike Adekoya '08 (a Chicago native now living in NY) will give solo performances at the event.

“Words cannot express how excited and grateful I am for the choir to have been given this extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Choir Director Walt Cunningham. “From very early in the campaign — when Barack Obama held an event at my father's namesake school, the Walt Cunningham Sr. School of Excellence in Waterloo, Iowa — I have had my mind set on getting an Inauguration gig. That this became a reality is truly amazing.”

The Dartmouth College Gospel Choir performs a wide variety of gospel music ranging from spirituals to the most modern contemporary hits, including many non-traditional, innovative surprises. Cunningham said, “The DCGC focuses on what brings all people together rather than what keeps us apart in delivering our high-energy universal message of love, faith and understanding.”

The Dartmouth College Gospel Choir has performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New York City's Jazz at Lincoln Center and completed a three-week European tour across Switzerland and Italy where they performed in front of over 20,000 people.

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