Wilkes University


Wilkes University Choral Ensembles to Present Shakespeare in Song on April 24

The Wilkes University Chorus and the Wilkes University Chamber Singers will present Shakespeare in Song on April 24 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 35 S. Franklin St. in Wilkes-Barre. The Wilkes University Choral Ensembles 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 p.m. and is open to the public. 

The program marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with choral works that set texts from seven of Shakespeare’s plays. Featured texts include “O Mistress Mine,” “Orpheus with His Lute,” “It Was a Lover and His Lass,” and the opening scene of Macbeth, in settings by Vaughan Williams, Matthew Harris, William Schuman, György Orbán, Emma Lou Diemer and Stefan Kalmer. Also on the program are a selection of English madrigals, all written during Shakespeare’s lifetime.

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.

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