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{ program notes Sullivan Awards. His work with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis earned him the Richard Gaddes Award. Lester Lynch is making his debut with the BSO. Morgan State University Choir and Eric Conway last appeared with the BSO in December 2015, for A Gospel Christmas, with Eric Conway conducting. About the concert: Morgan State University Choir Porgy and Bess Eric Conway is the director of the Morgan State University Choir and the chairperson of Morgan’s Fine and Performing Arts Department. As director, he has travelled all over the world, directing the choir in the Czech Republic, Ghana, South Africa and Colombia, to name a few destinations. Dr. Conway is a doctoral graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, where he majored 
in piano and conducting and received the prestigious Liberace scholarship. The Morgan Choir has performed with several major symphony orchestras, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra. Under Dr. Conway’s direction, the choir has appeared in the Grammy-nominated recording of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass with the BSO. Dr. Conway has led the choir to many acclaimed performances, including a special performance at the service honoring Rosa Parks, the first woman to lie in honor at our nation’s Capitol Rotunda.
In July 2006, the choir traveled to Prague for two concerts with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, MSUC performed at Carnegie Hall on two separate occasions; under the baton of Bobby McFerrin with the St. Luke’s Orchestra and with Marin Alsop and the BSO. For further information, see www.msuchoir.org Born in Brooklyn, New York, September 26, 1898; died in Beverly Hills, California, July 11, 1937 Eric Conway, director 30 O v ertur e | Morgan State University Choir www. bsomusic .org George Gershwin On an October night in 1926, George Gershwin, wound up from rehearsals of his Broadway-bound musical Oh! Kay, found himself unable to sleep. At 28, he was the toast of American music. He had created the scores of numerous hit Broadway shows and was already considered one of the country’s best songwriters. But he was a restless artist, always looking