PROVIDENCE. R.I.--Taking a break from its usual fare of Bach and Handel, the Brown University Chorus last Friday provided harmony for pop singer Barry Manilow, balladeer and superstar for many of the over-35 set.
Manilow, in town to play before a sold-out Civic Center audience comprised largely of young girls and middle-aged women, brought the chorus on for an encore version of his hit single. "One Voice." The 35 chorus members, attired in red choir robes, danced around the perimeter of the circular, tiered stage while Manilow sang from the elevated middle.
Chorus members were candid in their appraisal of Manilow and his music. Junior Evan C. Stults, chorus personal manager, called the event "an interesting sociological experience."
Nevertheless, most of the chorus members, who each received a copy of Manilow's album "One Voice," said they enjoyed the experience "We'd do it again for free" if asked again, said senior Dorothy M. Ryan, chorus president.