Kent State Chorale to Present Post-tour Spring Concert on April 8
The Kent State University Chorale presents its spring concert on Sunday, April 8, at 3 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall.
Under the direction of Scott MacPherson, the Kent State Chorale performs the program from its recent tour of New York. Presenting a diverse selection of works sung in English, Latin, Russian and German, some highlights include Sweelinck’s “Hodie Cristus natus est,” Brahms’s “Shaffe in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz,” Tchaikovsky’s “Nochevála túchka zolotáya” (A Little Golden Cloud), and more. Several students also will be featured as soloists, including sopranos Heather Morrison and Anna Hylton. Kent State graduate conducting students also will lead the flagship ensemble, with graduate conducting assistant Brandy Kay Riha directing “Why Are Thou So Heavy, O My Soul?” by Henry Loosemore and graduate student conductor Jinhua Zhang directing “Hear the Voice and Prayer” by Thomas Tallis.
The Kent State Chorale is the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music’s flagship choral ensemble. Known for outstanding performances of new and classic works, its membership consists of some of the best vocalists at Kent State from majors to nonmajors. In addition to regular performances on campus, the chorale tours regularly with recent appearances in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. It also regularly collaborates with the Kent State Orchestra and appears on the popular Choral Holiday Collage concert in December. The chorale is conducted by Dr. MacPherson, director of Choral Studies at Kent State.
Dr. MacPherson directs the Kent State Chorale and Kent Chorus, and leads the graduate conducting program. In addition to his activities at Kent State, he is the founder of both the Cleveland Chamber Choir and the Wisconsin-based Isthmus Vocal Ensemble. He has consistently earned praise for the performances of choirs under his direction, with innovative programming blending a variety of musical styles, ranging from early music to newly commissioned works. His research of contemporary choral music and choral teaching techniques in Germany has resulted in guest conducting appearances with the Vokalensemble Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral Choir), the award-winning Modus Novus Chor based in Cologne, as well as the acclaimed male vocal ensemble Arcanum Musicae in Dresden.
Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 330-672-2787 (ARTS) or at www.kent.edu/music/buy-tickets. Tickets, also available at the door, are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and Kent State faculty, $10 for groups of 10 or more, $8 for non-Kent State students and Kent State students ineligible for the Fee for Free. Tickets are free for full-time Kent Campus undergraduate students and those under 18. Ludwig Recital Hall is located at 1325 Theatre Drive in the Center for the Performing Arts. Ample free parking is available.