Howard W. Hewitt – The Wabash College and Morehouse College Glee Clubs combined voice Saturday night in Indianapolis to kick off their respective spring concert tours.
The North United Methodist Church, at 38th and Meridian, billed the concert as “Together Again.” Indeed, the clubs performed together in 2006 in the same venue but this year drew an even bigger crowd filling pews to near the back of the church.
The acclaimed Morehouse Glee Club comes from the nation’s largest, private liberal arts college for African-American men. The Morehouse Glee Club gained acclaim singing during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Morehouse opened the program with five songs and then Wabash followed up with its entire set, with an intermission at midpoint. Morehouse then returned with its College Quartet and the entire club performed Betelehemu sung in Yoruba which brought the entire audience to its feet.
Then the evening’s most anticipated moment came when the clubs combined voice for Ev’ry Time I Feel The Spirit, directed by Morehouse Director Dr. David Morrow, and Brothers, Sing On, led by Wabash’s Dr. Richard Bowen.
The crowning moment of the concert was again the singing of the two schools’ alma maters. Wabash graduates joined the combined choirs as the Wabash Glee Club led the singing. Then Morehouse alums locked arms with the Morehouse students to honor their school.
The joint concert beings a spring tour for both school. The Wabash men will be performing in Pennsylvania throughout the week. Morehouse sang at an early morning worship service at North Methodist before hitting the road for its spring tour.
The combined effort is something special. It begs for other such collaborations across the unique niche of liberal arts colleges for men!