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Famed Choir Performs as Scheduled After Highway 101 Crash

The show went on Sunday in San Francisco for members of a famed choir who escaped serious injury when their bus was involved in a fatal crash a day earlier in San Mateo County.

The Aeolians of Oakwood University choir performed the free concert as scheduled at 5 p.m. Sunday at Third Baptist Church, 1399 McAllister St.

Several members of the choir were slightly injured in the crash involving four vehicles at 12:43 a.m. Saturday on Highway 101 just south of Sierra Point in Brisbane.

The fatal crash victim was a driver or passenger of one of the four vehicles involved in the crash, according to the California Highway Patrol. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

There were 18 passengers on the bus operated by Peninsula Tours, according to the CHP.

"The choir, which was fortunate to escape serious injury in the fatal car crash, lost all of its belongings and clothes in the resulting fire that destroyed their bus and their possessions," according to a news release.

Since the crash, the choir has received an outpouring of support. A Berkeley family pitched in and bought suits for the choir members' performances; the San Francisco Police Officers Association and the hotel also stepped up for the award-winning group.  

The choir was organized in 1946 at Oakwood, a historically black Seventh-day Adventist institution of higher learning in Huntsville, Alabama, by the late Dr. Eva B. Dykes.

The choir, known for its repertoire of choral music that ranges from the Baroque era to Negro spirituals to contemporary gospel, made its Northern California debut at Third Baptist last year.

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