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Twenty-one choral students will travel to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Jan. 17-20 to perform in honor of the 50th anniversary of the city’s U.S. Civil Rights Movement and the first signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Participating students are enrolled in “Virginia Wesleyan Choral Tour,” an intensive three-week winter session course taught by Dr. Michael Trotta, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Music. Students will perform nightly, premiering "The Emancipation Project," a series of original music by Trotta and composer Glenn McClure. The compositions convey emotion that may have been felt during the historic time, according to freshman Elizabeth Sims: “The songs reflect the hope that people needed during that time. It’s really upbeat, inspirational music and gives the feeling that things will get better in time.” VWC’s student ensemble will perform alongside the UAB Honor Choir, Concert Choir and Steel Drum Band. UAB will in turn visit Virginia Wesleyan for the Emancipation Day concert at Virginia Beach United Methodist Church on April 8. For more information, contact Michael Trotta at