Sunday, February 19, 2017

Winter Choral Concert Previews Germany Tour Program

Under the direction of Dr. Rowland Blackley, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, and accompaniment by University organist Dr. Timothy Guenther, the Ashland University Choir and Chamber Singers present a winter choral concert on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert program will be comprised of selections which the choirs will sing on their March tour to Germany. Most of the selections are from the Americas and written by composers from the United States, Canada, and Latin America. The University Choir is also preparing music by Bach and other Lutheran composers, as the students will be singing in churches in the region of Germany where Martin Luther made history.

The University Choir will perform J. S. Bach's motet Jesu,, meine  FreudeSing Joyfully by William Byrd, Set Me as a Seal from Daniel Pinkham's Wedding CantataPraise to the Lord by Hugo Distler, Ich freue mich (I will rejoice) by Gottfried Homilius, How Can I Keep from Singing by Z. Randall Stroope and Jack Halloran's arrangement of the spiritual Witness.

The Chamber Singers will round out the program with four selections including Mosquitoes, from Due North by Canadian composer Stephen Chatman; the popular Cuban folk song Son de Camaguey; Eric Whitacre's A Boy and a Girl; and Darmon Meador's a cappella arrangement of I'll Be Seeing You.

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