Fall Choral Concert Celebrates Old and New

Fall Choral Concert Celebrates Old and New

10/17/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland University Choir, Chamber Singers and the Women's Chorus present their fall choral concert on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 4 p.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel.

With a program featuring selections from the Baroque period to contemporary pieces by living composers, the concert will bridge the old with the new by celebrating Dr. Rowland Blackley’s 20-year tenure as Ashland University's Director of Choral Activities and Kimberly Wolbert's inaugural concert directing the Women's Chorus. The performance is free and open to the public.

The University Choir’s program will begin with Johann Sebastian Bach’s Classical period piece Motet No.3, “Jesu, meine Freude,” the longest of the composer’s motets. The choir is learning it in preparation for its concert tour to Germany in March, which will include a performance at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, where Bach worked for the longest part of his career. The University Choir also will premiere a new work by Cincinnati, Ohio, composer Howard Helvey, “Sweet Day,” which is based on a popular text by George Herbert. The piece was commissioned by a consortium of universities in Ohio including Ashland University. The Chamber Singers will perform a setting of the same text by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The Women’s Chorus also will visit the past and present with their program including “Da Pacem Domine” by Melchior Franck, a German composer of the late Renaissance and early Baroque eras; and continuing to “Bonney Wood Green,” the traditional Irish ballad from World War I arranged by Canadian composer Stephen Hatfield. Representing American composers, the program also features the contemporary works “Fire” by Mary Goetze, which was inspired by a poem written by Patricia Taylor, a 13-year-old girl; and “The Seal Lullaby” by Eric Whitacre, which is a dreamlike work capturing the undulating rhythm of a mother rocking her child to sleep.

For more information about the Fall Choral Concert or the Department of Music, visit www.ashland.edu/music or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu.     

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) 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.                                                                                ###