Choirs perform with Barry Manilow

Behrend choirs perform with Barry ManilowStudent singers from Penn State Behrend were given a golden opportunity when they were invited to perform alongside Barry Manilow at his spring concert, part of his “One Last Time!” tour, at the Erie Insurance Arena in Erie. The Behrend Choir and Tone-Acious, the college’s student a cappella club, joined Manilow for the three final songs of the concert—“Copacabana,” “Miracle,” and “I Write the Songs,” all among his biggest hits.

Elizabeth Seng, a choir member and May Psychology graduate, said performing alongside Manilow was a fantastic experience.

“We were out on the stage, and then they shined the lights on us,” Seng said. “There were all these people there, and it was just really exhilarating. It was one of the most memorable moments I had at Behrend.”

Dr. Gabrielle Dietrich, lecturer in music, director of choral ensembles, and artistic director of the Young People's Chorus of Erie at the college, said it was a unique opportunity to shine a spotlight on Behrend.

“It highlighted Behrend’s arts offerings for a huge audience while also providing a fun and highly motivating year-end experience for our students,” Dietrich said.