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Bainbridge Islander to sing at Presidential Inauguration

January 19, 2013 · 10:28 AM
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Dan Powers of Bainbridge Island will perform at the 57th Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C. with the Lee University Festival Choir.

Powers, a graduate of Bainbridge Island High, is pursuing a degree in music education with a vocal emphasis at Lee, a private university in Cleveland, Tenn.

On behalf of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander invited the choral group in November to sing at the swearing-in ceremonies that will take place mid-day on the upper west terrace of the United States Capitol.

The 200-voice choir, led by Dean of the School of Music Dr. William R. Green, is made up of students who have been chosen from seven campus choral ensembles, including

350 vocalists, which perform regularly as part of the Lee University School of Music.

Lee’s vocal ensembles have appeared around the world at venues as varied as Carnegie Hall, the NBC television show “Sing Off,” and St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. The groups present choral masterworks, pop and gospel music, and standard classical literature, performing composers ranging from Duruflé to Bach to John Rutter.

In addition to North American touring, Lee’s choirs perform extensively throughout Europe and Asia and are scheduled to tour Indonesia and China this summer.

The inaugural performance can be viewed from the live stream on www.inaugural.senate.gov.

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