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Mount Union Concert Choir Plans 2014 Spring Tour

May 7, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union Concert Choir will tour the northeastern United States from May 11 to 17.

The program, entitled “My Singing Soul,” includes works by Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Pachelbel, Daniel Elder, Stephen Chatman and Dan Forrest, among others. In addition, the program includes arrangements of traditional spirituals by Moses Hogan and Eugene Thamon Simpson. All performances are free and open to the public.

“Touring provides students myriad opportunities for both musical and personal growth,” said Dr. Grant W. Cook III, associate professor of music and director of choral activities at Mount Union. “It is a wonderful platform for members to strengthen their internal bonds while at once building and nurturing an external community. Most importantly, touring provides an effective vehicle for advancing the mission of the University.”

Open by audition to all students on campus, the Concert Choir comprises musicians from a wide variety of academic disciplines and thus truly represents the University’s strong liberal arts foundation. Serving as an ambassador of the University, the Concert Choir performs annually throughout the continental United States and undertakes an international tour every four years. The Concert Choir is dedicated to the rehearsal and performance of the highest quality choral literature from the Renaissance through the 21st century, including spirituals, gospel music, folk songs and music celebrating a global perspective. Recent performances include the annual University of Mount Union Christmas Festival as well as Joseph Haydn’s Mass in B-flat, the so-called Theresienmesse and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”) with the Canton Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under the baton of Maestro Gerhardt Zimmermann.

The choir will begin the tour with a performance on Sunday, May 11 at Christian Temple- First Congregational Church in Wellsville NY. They will perform in Patterson, NJ on May 12; Trumball, CT on May 13; Sudbury, MA on May 14; Wenham MA on May 15; Newtown, PA on May 16 and will finish the tour in Pittsburgh, PA on May 17.

For more information about the Concert Choir’s tour, contact the Department of Music at (330) 823-2180.

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