Fall Choral Concert Presents Three Vocal Ensembles on Oct. 14

Fall Choral Concert Presents Three Vocal Ensembles on Oct. 14

10/5/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland University Choir, Women's Chorus and the Ashland Area Chorus present a fall choral concert with an eclectic program ranging from a sea chantey, to a Serbian gypsy dance, folk and art songs as well as sacred compositions. The concert will be held on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel and is free and open to the public.

Dr. Rowland Blackley, professor of Music and director of Choral Activities, will conduct the University Choir with accompaniment by Dr. Timothy Guenther. Their portion of the program based on the theme of "Time and Place" will include Locus iste ("This place was made by God”) by Anton Bruckner, Time from “Choral Dance from Gloriana” by Benjamin Britten, I dream a world by Dave Brubeck, When memory fades as arranged by Eric Nelson, Sure on this shining night by Morten Lauridsen, and Shawn Kirchner's arrangement of the Kenyan folk song Wana Baraka.

Directed by Ashland University alumna Julie Strebler-Renner and accompanied by Susan Gregg, the Women’s chorus’ selections begin with the Canadian folk song Savory, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme as arranged by Donald Patriquin, followed by Daniel Elder’s Lullaby, Jacob Narverud’s Dominus vobiscum and the Serbian gypsy dance Niska Banja, arranged by Nick Page. 

For the Ashland Area Chorus, director Elizabeth Slade has selected pieces following the theme "Viking Seas: Music from Iceland and other ports of call."  The chorus will begin with Heyr, himna smithur   ("Hear, Heaven’s maker what the poet bids.”) by Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson, followed by Heyr thú oss himnum á ("Hear us in heaven“) by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and end with the sea chantey Drunken Sailorarranged by Jonathan Willcocks.

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 419-289-5950or tapplega@ashland.edu.     

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2018, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply 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. ###