Mount Union College Choir Performing in Concert April 26th and 27th

April 15, 2010

The Mount Union Choir will present a concert of diverse music at 8:00 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27.

The concert will open with the "Missa Brevis St. Joanis de Deo" by Franz Joseph Haydn. Sub-titled "the Little Organ Mass," this work features Ivy Adams, the Choir's accompanist. Adams earned her bachelor's degree in music at Mount Union College and her master's degree in Sacred Music from Duquesne University. She is the director of liturgy and music ministry at Little Flower Catholic Parish in Canton.

Soloists in the Haydn piece include baritones John Doyle, a junior from Winona, and Steven Klinger, a freshman from Massillon; and sopranos Rebecca Brown, a senior from Parma; Sarah Hutchins, a junior from Hewitt, Texas; and Rebecca Purdum, a junior from North Canton.

The four shorter works that conclude the first half of the program span three hundred years of musical history. "Alleluia," by Italian composer Giovanni Pergolesi, demonstrates the clarity and buoyancy common in the Baroque era. The Hungarian composer G'bor Lisznyay's "Come Unto Me, Ye Weary" is indicative of the beautiful music composed in secret under the thumb of Communism. The choir will also perform the well-known "Ezekiel Saw de Wheel" by American William Dawson and conclude the first half of the program with the "Battle Hymn of the Republic."

In the second half of the evening, the Choir tackles new musical ground. Dubbed "A Dabble of Dobbie-Do-Wah," this section features a set of vocal jazz selections. Included on the program are Sesame Street, a well-know song to young and old alike. The skillful writing of the famed a cappella group Take 6 is featured as the male Choir members sing "Mary." Soloists in the second half of the program include Adam Anderson, a senior from Chardon; Jesse Davis, a sophomore from Pilesgrove, NJ; John Doyle, a junior from Winona; Carolyn Kent, a junior from Dublin; Ronald King, a junior from Canfield; Michelle Mohr, a freshman from Cambridge; Michael Newman, a junior from Salem; and Aaron Remely, a sophomore from Thompson. The Choir will be accompanied in the second half by a trio consisting of Ivy Adams, piano; Scott Dorsey, bass; and David Torch, drums.

The Mount Union Choir is under the direction of Dr. Scott W. Dorsey, associate professor and director of choral activities at Mount Union College.

For tickets or more information, call the Mount Union College music department at (330) 823-2180.

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