AU Vocal Ensembles Perform Choral Concert of Latin American Music

AU Vocal Ensembles Perform Choral Concert of Latin American Music

4/17/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland University choral program collaborates with the College of Arts & Sciences Symposium Against Indifference to present a concert of a variety of Latin American musical selections for voices. Featuring the Ashland University Chamber Singers, Women’s Chorus and the student a cappella group Surround Sound, the concert will be held on Sunday, April 27, at 4 p.m. at the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. The performance is free and open to the public.

Dr. Rowland Blackley, professor of music and director of choral activities, will conduct the Ashland University Chamber Singers singing in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin with some pieces including instrumental accompaniment. With D. R. Haught on guitar, the Chamber Singers will perform Albert Hernandez’s modern interpretation of a Venezuelan calypso, “Goza Mi Calipso”; while percussionist Jake Lange plays percussion on a variety of other pieces including Edmund Hughes’ arrangement of the Brazilian folk song “Eu e Voce.” The Chamber Singers also will present the first movement of Kyrie from "Missa ego flos campi" by the Mexican Renaissance composer Juan Gutierrez Padilla; and Fransisco Mignone’s arrangement of the traditional Brazilian poem about a lovely woman with chestnut eyes, “Morena, Morena.”

With recent graduate Jordan Black as the guest conductor and Holly Allan as accompanist, the Women’s Chorus will perform the gently flowing "Barter" by Rene Clausen based on the poem written by Sara Teasdale; and the popular Mexican song Cielito Lindo. The Women’s Chorus will also present Alberto Favero’s Te Quiero featuring a trio comprised of Stephanie Rankin, Marguerite Tryling and Elizabeth Papantonio.

The Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus will perform as a combined ensemble for Ernanu Aguiar’s "Salmo 150," a modern setting of the 150th Psalm.

For more information about the choral concert of Latin American music, visit or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or    

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###