Illinois – Despite enduring a bus accident, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Vesper Choir continues their Spring Tour which includes performances in Wisconsin and Michigan. Based on a report from the News-Gazette, the bus driver dozed off somewhere near Ratoul, IL and drove into the median. One person was treated at the scene while the other four were treated at a nearby hospital and released the same day.
Dr. Bates, director of the more than 60 voice ensemble and interim chairperson of the Department of Music was one of the passengers affected by the incident.
“The group is very resilient,” said Dr. Bates, noting that the members exhibited their cohesion as a group and showed a great deal of concern for each other. “We are thankful for the outpouring of concern from alumni, university officials and others. We are glad that something more serious hadn’t happened.”
Having already performed in Chicago at Rock of Ages MBC and Greater Rock MBC, the nine day tour will continue as follows:
North Division High School (2:00 pm), located 1011 West Center St., Milwaukee, WI 53218
Riverside University High School (1:00 pm), located 1615 East Locust, Milwaukee, WI 53212
Mt. Zion MBC (7:00 pm), located 2207 N. 2nd St., Milwaukee, WI 53212
Martin Luther King High School (12:00 noon), located 3200 East Lafayette Street, Detroit, MI 48202
The Historic People’s Community Church (6:00 pm), located 8601 Woodward Ave.; Detroit, MI 48202
Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church (6:00 pm), 2080 W. Grand Blvd.; Detroit, MI 48208
March 24: El Bethel Baptist Church, located 25295 Grand River Ave., Redford Charter Township, MI
Liberty Temple Baptist Church, located 17188 Greenfield Road, Detroit, MI 48235
Third New Hope Baptist Church, located 12850 Plymouth Rd., Detroit, MI 48227
Organized in 1945 by Ariel M. Lovelace, the Vesper Choir is a service organization that has performed for significant campus and community events, schools, churches, and community organizations around the state of Arkansas and internationally. With a mission that is cultural, artistic and educational, the group has produced a long line of distinguished singers, performers and professionals in other work fields and academic including Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, prominent theologian, pastor and author; Smokie Norful, Grammy award-winning contemporary gospel artist and pastor; and the late Mr. James McKissic, internationally renowned concert pianist.