The Cosmopolitan Choir of Pine Bluff Inc. will celebrate its 49th anniversary at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Damascus Baptist Church, 224 N. Cypress St.


The choir will be accompanied by members of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Vesper Choir, directed by Jerron Liddell. A special feature will be the 2019 honoree, Parnell McCray. Music will include gospel, hymns and biblical adaptations, according to a news release.


In August 1970, the Cosmopolitan Choir began under the direction of the late David Hodge Jr., according to a 2015 article in The Commercial.


“Programs have been presented for the State Congress of Christian Education of the Regular Arkansas Missionary Baptist Convention Inc., the Inter-Denominational Community-Wide Brotherhood Sunday Programs, St. John Alexander Towers, correctional institutions and nursing care facilities,” according to the article.


“In 1981, the choir participated in Art Porter’s Christmas television special ‘Minor Key’ on AETN. Other appearances included ACTS Channel at Immanuel Baptist Church in Pine Bluff as well as performances with renowned saxophonist Vernard Johnson, and noted actor and evangelist Clifton Davis at UAPB,” according to the article.


“In November 1998, the choir joined other Pine Bluff singers to form the Pine Bluff Gospel Choir, organized and directed by Michael Bates, and participated in concert with the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Jones,” according to the article.


The Cosmopolitan Choir director is Katryne Horton and the musician is Michael Bates.