Mount Union Concert Choir to Perform in Canton

October 26, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The University of Mount Union Concert Choir will collaborate with the Canton Symphony Orchestra to present a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 4 at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall located at Canton McKinley High School.

The concert, “In Memory — Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C Minor,” is one of the most important and transformational musical works of the 19th century, according to Dr. Grant Cook, associate professor of music and director of choral activities at Mount Union. Mahler’s symphony, completed in 1894, ends with both orchestra and chorus.

According to Cook, the 53-member concert choir successfully collaborated with the Canton Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Joseph Haydn’s “St. Theresa Mass” in February 2012. As a result, the choir was invited to perform with the Symphony on its 2012-2013 Masterworks Series.

“My goal in accepting this invitation was twofold,” Cook said. “One goal was to continue to foster this artistic partnership and another was to challenge the students to prepare and perform to the level of professional musicians.”

During its rehearsals three days a week, the choir is carving out time to prepare for the CSO performance in addition to preparing for a number of other upcoming concerts.

“We are all simply honored,” Cook said of the upcoming CSO performance. “We are prepared and ready for the experience.”

For more information on the concert, see cantonsymphony.org.

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