Wilkes University Choral Ensembles Present “Songs of the World” Free Concert on April 26
The Wilkes University Chorus and the Wilkes University Chamber Singers will present “Songs of the World” at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Franklin Street in Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, April 26. Both groups are directed by Steven Thomas, director of choral activities and chair of the division of performing arts at Wilkes University.
The free concert begins at 3 p.m. and is open to the public. The program features a wide variety of a cappella and accompanied works for chorus. The ensembles will perform folk songs from around the world, including works from Ireland, Germany, Slovakia, the Hebrides, China, Japan, the Philippines, Nigeria, Canada, Cuba and the United States.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 pianist Tsukasa Waltich.
The University Chorus is the Wilkes’ 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.