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Wilkes Choral Ensembles Concert

Wilkes University Choral Ensembles to present
Songs of Joy

            On Sunday, April 13, the Wilkes University Chorus and the Wilkes University Chamber Singers will present Songs of Joy at First Presbyterian 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 pm and is open to the public. The program features a wide variety of a cappella and accompanied works for chorus. The University Chorus will sing works by Franz Schubert, George Frideric Handel, and Sergei Rachmaninoff, and the Chamber Singers will perform several Renaissance madrigals, two folksong arrangements, a part song by Gerald Finzi and Johannes Brahms’ motet Warum ist das Licht Gegeben.


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 Rutter’s Gloria, Brahms’ Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noël and a variety of shorter works. The University Chorus will also be joining with the NEPA Philharmonic and several other regional choirs to perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 on April 25. 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.


For more information on this concert, please contact Dr. Steven Thomas at 570-408-4434 or steven.thomas@wilkes.edu.



Published On: 4/11/2014
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