Cantus Femina to Perform Spring Concert

April 17, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union’s all-women choir, Cantus Femina, will present their spring concert entitled, “Contemplations,” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 25 in the Myers Sanctuary of the Dewald Chapel.

Cantus Femina is a dynamic musical organization comprised of more than 40 women from the University of Mount Union community. Its goals are to discover and perform outstanding repertoire for women’s voices. Recent performances include Bob Chilcott’s “This Day”and Kevin Memley’s“There Will Come Soft Rains.” Cantus Femina performs each semester of the academic year, including performances at the annual University of Mount Union Christmas Festival. No formal audition is required to participate in this ensemble.

Dr. Grant William Cook III, professor of music and director of choral activities, directs the Cantus Femina and University of Mount Union Concert Choir as well as teaches choral conducting and literature. The choirs under Cook’s direction have performed by invitation at state and regional meetings of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education, toured nationally and internationally, appeared in concert in Washington National Cathedral and performed with the symphony orchestras of Toledo and Canton. Balancing his time as a director, professor, husband and father, Cook spends his spare time with research, which has previously been published in The Choral Scholar, Choral Journal and The Beethoven Journal; he’s also presented by invitation at meetings of the Ohio Choral Director’s Association.

Contemplations will consist of seven pieces, beginning with the joyous song, “Gloria in Excelsis Deo!” Cook will then turn over the podium to senior music performance (flute) major Brianna Searing of Fort Wayne, Indiana, to conduct “Two Emily Dickenson Poems.” Performing as the flute soloist for this piece will be senior music education major Allison Bates of Minerva, Ohio.

Dr. James E. Perone, associate dean of the faculty at Mount Union, will be the clarinet soloist in “Japanese Garden.”

Two of Cantus Femina’s pieces will be sung in honor of victims of the Holocaust. “Lord of the Small” will be sung in memoriam of Abraham (“Abramek”) Koplowicz and the 1.5 million Jewish children who were victims at this time. “Dream” will be performed in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on January 17, 1945.

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mount Union’s Department of Music at (330) 823-2180.

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