Wilkes University


Wilkes University Choral Ensembles to Present Music of War & Peace

The Wilkes University Chorus and the Wilkes University Chamber Singers will present Music of War & Peace at the First Presbyterian Church in Wilkes-Barre on Fri., Dec. 9. The Wilkes University Choral Ensembles 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 7:30 pm and is open to the public.

The program marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor with choral works treating the topic of armed conflict and its resolution. On the program are works by Alice Parker, Paul A. Aitken, Jonathan Adams, Donald McCullough, Josquin des Prez, Giacomo Carissimi and Joan Szymko.

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 collaborate with the Arcadia Chorale on the annual NEPA Bach Festival.

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