AU-cathedral

3/11/99

Bob Lowry (lowrygr@mail.auburn.edu)

AU CHOIR TO PERFORM AT WASHINGTON CEREMONY HONORING STATE

AUBURN -- The Auburn University Choir will perform on March 21 at the Washington National Cathedral as part of a "State Day" celebration honoring the state of Alabama.

Alabama will be honored at an 11 a.m., worship service that will recognize the state and contributions made by its citizens, says Dennis Fruitt, director of the National Cathedral Association in Washington, D.C.

The AU Choir, directed by Professor Tom Smith, will perform prior to the 11 a.m., service.

"We are honored and delighted to have been selected to perform during this service to honor Alabama," said Smith. "Our students are excited about performing in such a beautiful and historic building."

AU President William V. Muse has been invited to attend the celebration, which is being coordinated, in part, by Bettye Benjamen of Lowndesboro, regional chair of the National Cathedral Association.

The National Cathedral State Days program offers a special welcome to people from each of the 50 states, as the states are honored in turn on Sundays throughout the year.

Completed in 1990, Washington National Cathedral is the world's sixth largest cathedral. It stands on Mount Saint Alban, the highest point in Washington, D.C.

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CONTACT: Benjamen, 334/278-3381.