2005-02-25 / Community

University Chorus Set For Rockaway March 13

The Anderson University Chorale from Anderson, IN, will perform a brief concert at First Church of God in Far Rockaway on Sunday, March 13, at 11 a.m. as a part of its 2005 spring tour throughout Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana.

Now in its 60th season, the 65-voice choir under the direction of conductor, Richard Sowers, has received national and international recognition for their singing. The Chorale was chosen through a blind audition process to perform in concert for the American Chorale Directors Association (ACDA) Central Division Convention in Indianapolis in February, 2004. They were additionally honored to have been chosen to perform the world premiere of a new work commissioned by ACDA for this convention.

Domestic tours have taken the Chorale to almost every region and state; recent tours included performances in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and the Riverside Church in New York; the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California (a Sunday performance broadcast internationally); and the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Performances of the Chorale and other Anderson University music ensembles are televised each December throughout the United States (and by EWTN on every continent but Antarctica) through the Emmy award-winning “Candles and Carols” Christmas program.

A significant part of the Chorale experience is the presentation of major choral/orchestral works. Annually they perform with the Anderson (city) Symphony Orchestra and have appeared recently with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

The 2005 tour concerts will feature a broad range of musical compositions including classical selections by J.S. Bach, Antonio Lotti, Heinrich Schuetz, and Leevi Madetoja; new works by Nils Lindberg, Eric Whitacre, and Peter Hamlin; and spirituals arranged by Moses Hogan and Byron Smith.

The Chorale conductor, Dr. Richard Sowers, is in his 21st year at Anderson University where he is a professor of music and director of choral and orchestral music. He conducts the AU Chamber Orchestra, the Anderson Symphonic Choir, and teaches voice and conducting; he is also in his 16th season as music director and conductor of the Anderson (city) Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Sowers has degrees from Indiana University, Colorado State University, and Arizona State University. He has been guest conductor with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, and the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Sowers maintains an active schedule as guest conductor and clinician.

Anderson University is a four-year liberal arts institution of approximately 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students located in Anderson, Indiana. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in business, nursing, education and theology. The public is invited to the admission-free concert. A free-will offering will be taken during the event.

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