Xavier Music and Theatre will host the Oakwood University Aoelians, World Choir Games Champion Choir of the "Spiritual" category, on Thursday, March 7 at 7:00 pm in Bellarmine Chapel. Admission is free and free-will donations will be accepted.
Since its inception in 1946 by the late Dr. Eva B. Dykes, the Aeolians of Oakwood University have traveled widely, touching the hearts of both young and old with their inspirational singing. The Aeolians have performed over 200 concerts in the United States, Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Canada, Poland, Romania, and Great Britain. Aeolian concerts present a repertoire of choral music ranging from the Baroque era to the twenty-first century. The Aeolians moreover are an authoritative exponent of Negro spirituals and Work songs which express the yearnings of their forefathers to be free.
Under the God-inspired direction of Jason Max Ferdinand and accompanied on the piano by Dr. Wayne Bucknor, Chairperson of the Music Department of Oakwood University, the choir has placed 1st two years in a row (2010 & 2011) in the iSing HBCU Challenge hosted by Reid Temple AME Church in Lanham, Maryland. In December 2011, they were presented with the keys to the City of Huntsville with December 3rd being a day named in their honor.
In January 2012, as part of the Russia-US Bilateral Presidential Commission on development of cooperation between Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama, the Aeolians were invited to sing in Moscow, Russia at the Moscow International Performing Arts Center under the patronage of the US Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul. God used this choir in a mighty special way.
Topping off a stellar 2011-2012 performance season, the Aeolians competed at the 7th World Choir Games held in Cincinnati, Ohio. On their first ever entrance to these competitions, they earned gold medals in all three categories of entrance and the overall championship for the Spiritual category.