Songs of joy and praise will fill Eiesland Hall Saturday (Dec. 12) at the 2009 West Virginia University Paul Robeson and Mahalia Jackson Gospel Choir’s winter concert.

The concert, sponsored by WVU Student Organization Services and the Center for Black Culture and Research, will begin at 6 p.m. in Eiesland on WVU’s downtown campus. The concert is free and open to the public; parking is available in the Stansbury parking lot (Area 11).

The 2009 choir consists of undergraduates, graduate students and faculty. Over the years, the choir has traveled extensively and performed upbeat gospel selections throughout West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Delaware, New York, Maryland and Canada.

“This is a gospel choir that is open to everyone in the West Virginia University community. We are looking for musicians or singers of all types,” said Director Ellis Lambert, a WVU freshman from Martinsburg. “Our purpose is to provide a way of escape from all of the confusions of college and employment by singing songs of happiness, joy, praise and thanksgiving to the one who made another day possible for each and every one of us.”

The Salvation Praise Ministries Choir of Morgantown will also be featured during the event. Sophomore Matthew “Spark” Martin will serve as host.

“Everyone will enjoy the repertoire presented by the choir and will leave the concert with a joyful and refreshed heart,” said Jacqueline Dooley, program coordinator for WVU Student Organization Services.

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CONTACT: Jacqueline A. Dooley, Student Organization Services

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