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Nova Singers Selected to Be Backup Choir for Barry Manilow

Nova Singers 2016

Nova Singers 2016


FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – The Nova Singers of Nova Southeastern University (NSU) have been selected to be the backup choir for Barry Manilow’s “One Last Time” concert at the BB&T Center on Friday, Feb. 5. Thirty-five of the 150-member Nova Singers will join Mr. Manilow in the finale of the concert when he sings his signature songs including “I Write the Songs,” “Copacabana,” “Mandy” and “Looks Like We Made It.”

“We are all about keeping choral music alive and believe that every opportunity we have to perform is a group adventure in the art of music making,” said Chuck Stanley, Nova Singers artistic director. “We are honored to be on stage with such a legendary singer, songwriter and producer as Barry Manilow.”

The Nova Singers is NSU’s premier community chorus. Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, the all-volunteer choir members range from NSU undergraduate students to retired members from the communities of Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties. The Nova Singers serves as musical ambassadors for the university as they sing around the country and abroad. The choir’s previous performance destinations include Carnegie Hall in New York and Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, with a scheduled trip to Budapest, Vienna and Prague this summer. The Nova Singers’ repertoire ranges from the classics and Broadway hits to modern composers’ original works.

NSU undergraduate biology major Sabrina Charles, from Coral Springs, is “thrilled” to be among the 35 members of the Nova Singers to perform at Manilow’s finale concert Feb. 5. Also thrilled to be performing from NSU is Melissa Dore, director of academic support and administration at NSU’s Halmos College of Natural Science and Oceanography.

The public is invited to attend the March concerts of Nova Singers when they will present the Duruflé Requiem with orchestra. Please visit to learn about the history of the Nova Singers and for concert dates, venues and ticket information.

The Feb. 5 concert is likely to be the last performance by Barry Manilow in South Florida. Following a final appearance in Pensacola, Mr. Manilow will perform in England after which time he will be retiring as a vocal artist and writer following a career that began in the 1960s.

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About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): Located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. A private, not-for-profit institution with more than 24,000 students, NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. For more than 50 years, NSU has been awarding degrees in a wide range of fields, while fostering groundbreaking research and an impactful commitment to community. Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is 1 of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private, not-for-profit institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. Please visit for more information.

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