IWU Chapel Hour to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 27, 2006

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Illinois Wesleyan University will host "A Festival of Spirituals in Honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." during University Chapel Hour on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 11 a.m. in Evelyn Chapel (1301 Park St., Bloomington).

This event, which is free and open to the public, celebrates the life of King, the slain civil rights leader who visited the Illinois Wesleyan campus on two separate occasions - first in 1961 and again in 1966, two years before his assassination in Memphis, Tenn.

The program will include "Ol Man River" by Oscar Hammerstein, "Knocks Me Off My Feet" by Stevie Wonder, "Come Sunday" by Duke Ellington, "Father How Long" by Frank Wildhorn, "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" arranged by Wilhelmi and many others.

IWU associate professor of voice Carren Moham will be giving a welcome and a short talk at the beginning of the service.  She will also be performing "Wade in the Water" at the end of the program and will invite the audience to join her in song.  Moham is the founder and coordinator of the spirituals program that honors King.  She has performed with opera companies and symphonies, nationally and abroad.  Moham has won many competitions including the Leontyne Price Vocal Competition.  She also has recorded a CD titled Sonnets of Love, Rosebuds and Death: Songs by African-American Women.

For additional information, contact Evelyn Chapel at (309) 556-3005.

Contact: Kay Mitchell, (309) 556-3181