Purchase will be represented at Inaugural festivities in Washington, DC by Esther Asibuo, a recent Purchase graduate. She has been invited to sing at one of the Inaugural Balls which will include a performance by opera legend Jessye Norman.
President Obama has been invited and is expected to attend. The African-American Church Inaugural Ball will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on Sunday, January 18 and will honor a panoply of important African-American figures in the worlds of politics, sports, and culture. Dr. John Hope Franklin, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dr. Marian Wright Edelman, Congressman John Lewis, and the Reverend Al Sharpton are among the many honorees.
Ms. Asibuo will sing with the Grace Baptist Church Choir and will also perform a solo. She is thrilled to be included in this event. Other performers at the gala include Wintley Phipps, Daniel Davis, Jackie Gouche Farris, Share Addison, Micah Stampley, Regina Bell, and Sage a vocal group.
Esther Asibuo was born in Ghana and grew up in Westchester County. She graduated with a BM in opera in 2007 and completed substantial coursework in the liberal arts. She returned in the fall of 2007 to earn a BA in literature which she completed in January 2009. She has an outstanding academic record and represented the School of Humanities as a speaker at the Scholarship Reception in November.