Wilkes University Choral Ensembles Present Songs of the World
On Sunday, April 26, the Wilkes University Chorus and the Wilkes University Chamber Singers will present SONGS OF THE WORLD at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre. Both groups are directed by Dr. Steven Thomas, Director of Choral Activities and Chair of the Division of Performing Arts at Wilkes University.
The free concert begins at 3:00 p.m. and is open to the public. The program features a wide variety of a cappella and accompanied works for chorus. The Wilkes University Chorus and Chamber Singers will perform folk songs from around the world, including Ireland, Germany, Slovakia, the Hebrides, China, Japan, the Philippines, Nigeria, Canada, Cuba and the US. The choirs will sing in nine different languages, representing many different cultures and styles of music. Featured soloists include Martina Barna, Paul Doherty, Jarrett Hank, Macey McGuire, and Micaela Oliverio, and featured percussionists include Martina Barna, Derek Jolley, and Dian McKinney. The Choral Ensembles are accompanied by Tsukasa Waltich.
The University Chorus is the University’s largest choral ensemble, and is open to any member of the Wilkes community, by audition. Recent repertoire includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Rutter’s Gloria, Brahms’ Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria and a variety of shorter works. The Chamber Singers is the University’s select vocal ensemble, and is open to any student member of the Wilkes University Chorus, by audition. The Chamber Singers typically perform a wide range of a cappella repertoire, from Renaissance to contemporary music, and frequently collaborates with the Arcadia Chorale on the annual NEPA Bach Festival.