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Boys Choir of Harlem rings in the holiday season

Nov. 27, 2005

KALAMAZOO--The internationally renowned Boys Choir of Harlem rings in the holiday season with a festive performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, in Miller Auditorium at Western Michigan University.

Since its inception in 1968, the Boys Choir of Harlem has become known for its innovations in the thousand-year-old art of the boy choir. It has grown from a small community choir to a major performing arts institution of international renown. This Christmas concert tour marks the 37th anniversary of the group's founding by artist and educator Walter J. Turnbull as an alternative for troubled urban neighborhoods.

In addition to its regular schedule of performances, the Boys Choir of Harlem has helped celebrate some of the late twentieth century's most significant milestones: the United Nations 50th Anniversary Concert at Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Kurt Masur; the Centennial of the Statue of Liberty; Nelson Mandela's first visit to the United States; among many others.

The choir was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton in 1997.

Tickets for "The Boys Choir of Harlem Christmas" range from $15 to $35 and are available by calling (269) 387-2300 or toll free (800) 228-9858, online at www.millerauditorium.com, or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or the Epic Center Box Office in downtown Kalamazoo. Groups of 20 or more should call (269) 387-2312 for group rates.

"The Boys Choir of Harlem Christmas" is sponsored by Coca-Cola and National City.

Media contact: Thomas Cooper, (269) 387-2245, thomas.cooper@wmich.edu

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