Free memorial concert for Nathan Carter

September 02, 2004|By TIM SMITH

Nathan M. Carter Jr., whose exceptional artistry and magnetic personality honed the Morgan State University Choir into world-class stature, will be memorialized in a free concert Sept. 17 by the choir and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The performance will be at Morgan State's Carl Murphy Fine Arts Center.

Carter died July 15 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 68. His 34-year tenure with the chorus, recently named "America's Best College Choir" by Reader's Digest, included noted performances around the world and several recordings.

Carter's final foreign trip with the ensemble was last January for two concerts at the International Winter Festival Arts Square in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the invitation of Yuri Temirkanov, music director of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the BSO. One of those concerts with the Philharmonic included excerpts from Porgy and Bess, which will be repeated in the memorial program.

"The entire world has lost someone who had a gift that was so special, so rare," Temirkanov said of Dr. Carter. "We are all richer for having had the opportunity to make music with him."

Temirkanov, the BSO and guest artists for the Gershwin excerpts -- soprano Kishna Davis, baritone Arthur Woodley and tenor Stephen Jones -- are donating their services for the tribute. (Davis, Woodley and Jones were the soloists at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in 2002 when Temirkanov first led the BSO and the Morgan Choir in music from Porgy and Bess.)

The memorial also includes works written or arranged by Carter, conducted by Eric Conway, acting chairman of the fine arts department at Morgan.

The concert will be at 8 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Carl Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan, 2201 Argonne Drive. Admission is free, but advance tickets are required. Tickets may be obtained at the Murphy Center box office. Call 443-885-4443.

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