Fall Choral Concert Features Three Vocal Ensembles

Fall Choral Concert Features Three Vocal Ensembles

9/29/14 ASHLAND, OH – Ashland University’s Fall Choral Concert slated for Sunday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel features three University vocal ensembles including the Ashland University Choir, Ashland University Women’s Chorus and Ashland Area Chorus. 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 Choir performing Mozart's "Regina coeli" with the Ashland Chamber Orchestra. In addition, they will sing three love songs and three sacred motets from composers including Samuel Barber, Johann Pachelbel, Z. Randall Stroope and Johannes Brahms. A Christian song from Kenya also will be featured. 

The Ashland University Women’s Chorus, directed by Dr. Marla Butke, associate professor and coordinator of music education, will perform a variety of pieces including "Hotaru Koi," a Japanese piece by Ro Ogura, Zebulon Highben's "Shiru L'Adonai" with Hebrew text from Exodus 15:19-21 and accompaniment by a percussion ensemble, Laura Farnell's "In You I Found," and Giovanni Battista Gajani's "Laudate Pueri" based on Psalm 113.

Elizabeth Slade will conduct the Ashland Area Chorus beginning  with “This Marriage” by Eric Whitacre followed by "Il est bel et bon" ["He is handsome and good"] by Pierre Passereau, "O Death, Rock Me Asleep" attributed to Anne Boleyn, "Mother, I Will Have a Husband" by Thomas Vautor and concluding with Leonard Bernstein's "Make Our Garden Grow."

For more information about the Fall Choral Concert or for a fall schedule of music department events, 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, 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 (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. ###