Stewart, Centenary News Service
Centenary Choir to
Sing at White House for Fourth Year on Friday, Dec. 8
SHREVEPORT, LA -- History
is repeating itself times four for the Centenary College Choir. The
renowned Choir has been invited once again to sing at The White House.
The Choir will appear
Friday, Dec. 8 at two events at the nation's most-famous residence: at an
afternoon open house for children with disabilities and an evening black-tie
dinner for special guests of the first family.
"It is very unusual
for a non-professional musical organization to provide music in The White
House, let alone four years consecutively, and now two events in one day,"
said Choir director Will Andress. "No one we have talked with knows
of anyone who has received this many White House invitations to perform."
Andress said White
House staffers noted that the Choir was highly rated for quality and also
received high compliments for being polite and well mannered.
On Friday, the Choir
will present a program of secular and sacred music, as they have done the
past three years. Included will be a winter medley of familiar holiday
Last year, the Centenary
Choir flew to Washington, D.C. for two Dec. 10 performances during The
White House's holiday reception for presidential appointees. That invitation
for two 45-minute concerts came along with a chance to choose from one
of three dates.
The initial invitation,
in 1997, came about via Choir accompanist Jerry Don Killian of DeQueen,
Ark., whose family members are active with the Democratic Party and who
are friends of the first family. The Choir performed for a group of 600
In 1998, due to the
Choir's popularity, First Lady Hillary Clinton asked the Office of the
Social Secretary to issue the Centenary invitation again, this time for
the reception for presidential appointees.
Centenary's White House
performers will be limited to 20 singers because there is no large waiting
area for performers, Andress said. Those attending were selected from the
Choir's membership of 60, "based on
than abilities, because they're all good," he said.
In addition to the
20 singers, five more Choir members will attend, as will Centenary President
and Mrs. Kenneth L. Schwab, Provost and Mrs. Earl Fleck, Mrs. Jean Killian
and Mrs. Will Andress.
- 30 -