Fall Choral Concert Features Three Vocal Ensembles

Fall Choral Concert Features Three Vocal Ensembles

10/4/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - Ashland University’s Fall Choral Concert features three University vocal ensembles including the Ashland University Choir, Ashland University Women’s Chorus and Ashland Area Chorus on Sunday, Oct. 13, 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 Choir performing the sparkling and joyful “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi, one of the most beloved pieces in the choral repertoire. The AU Choir will be joined by student soloists and the Ashland Chamber Orchestra. They also will present a set of unaccompanied motets.

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 the Israeli folk song “Hava Nashira, Bel Piacere” from G. F. Handel’s opera “Agrippina,” and contemporary pieces such as Andrea Ramsey's “Heaven Unfolding” with cello; Brian Tate's exhuberant “Gate, Gate,” which is based on a Buddhist mantra; and John Rutter’s “The Lord Bless You and Keep You.”

Newly appointed conductor of the Ashland Area Chorus, Elizabeth Slade, will make her concert debut with the ensemble performing a piece by Venezuelan composer Antonio Estévez as well as pieces by contemporary American composers Stephen Paulus, James Mulholland and Jane Penner, whose new arrangement of a traditional American hymn was commissioned for the Chorus.

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. ###