Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Ashland University’s Spring Choral Concert features performances from three University vocal ensembles including the Ashland University Choir, Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus on Sunday, March 15, 4:00 p.m. at the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel.  The performance is free and open to the public.

Dr. Rowland Blackley, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, will conduct the Ashland University Choir and Chamber Singers. The University Choir will perform selections including Japanese and Samoan songs of poetry, Eric Whitacre's "Sleep," "The Coolin" by Samuel Barber's Reincarnations, Moses Hogan's spiritual "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel," Franz Biebl's "Ave Maria" which will feature the men in the choir, and the women will be featured in "The Road Home" by Stephen Paulus.

The Chamber Singers will be accompanied by pianist Susan Gregg as they sing Sven-Eric Johanson's Fancies, a set of modern settings of Shakespearean texts. They will also sing Ralph Vaughan Williams' beautiful a cappella works "Two Elizabethan Partsongs."  

Dr. Marla Butke, Associate Professor of Music, will direct the Women's Chorus with accompaniment by pianists Rachel Crow and Eddie Carney. The ensemble will perform a selection of love songs including "Three Madrigals" by Emma Lou Diemer with text by William Shakespeare, "A Red, Red Rose" by Eleanor Daley with text by Robert Burns, and "Dance on My Heart" by Allan Koekpe.

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