University Choir Tours the Tri-State Region
Published on February 17, 2014
The Susquehanna University Choir will embark on its annual tour Feb. 28, with performances at churches and high schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland through March 4. All concerts are free and open to the public. Free will offerings will be accepted at each church performance to defray the costs of the tour.
The choir will present classical works by Handel, Brahms, Pinkham, Matsushita and Casals, as well as selections from contemporary American composers such as Wilberg, Clausen, Ames and Basler. The concerts will feature American folk hymns arranged by a variety of composers, and one of Moses Hogan’s most celebrated works.
The Susquehanna University Chamber Singers, 14 gifted students selected from the choir, complete the program with selected French chansons. This portion of the program offers an opportunity for the chamber singers to demonstrate their solo versatility and independent musicianship.
The choir is primarily composed of music majors, though students in any academic program are eligible for membership based on an extensive audition. Julia Brasher Thorn, Cyril Stretansky distinguished professor of choral music and director of choral activities at Susquehanna, conducts the ensemble.
Choir dates and locations:
12:15 p.m. Emmaus High School, Emmaus, Pa.
1:45 p.m. Parkland High School, Allentown, Pa.
7 p.m. Concordia Lutheran Church, Macungie, Pa.
7 p.m. St. Paul Lutheran Church, Beachwood, N.J.
7 p.m. St. John's Lutheran Church, Phoenixville, Pa.
9:30 a.m. Abington High School, Abington, Pa.
Noon Downingtown High School East, Exton, Pa.
9 a.m. Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, Bethesda, Md.
The choir will conclude its 2014 tour with a campus performance titled “How Can I Keep From Singing?” The concert will be held at 8 p.m. April 12 in Stretansky Concert Hall of the Cunningham Center for Music and Art.