Western Announces Fall Choral Concert
Contact: Kent Heier
Title: Assistant PR/Marketing Director
WESTERN ANNOUNCES FALL CHORAL CONCERT
St. Joseph, Mo. - Nov. 4, 2010 -The Missouri Western State University department of music will present the Fall Choral Concert on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Potter Hall Theatre. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students. Children 10 and under are free.
The Fall Choral Concert will feature four choirs: The Concert Chorale directed by Dr. David Benz, director of choral activities; the Renaissance Singers and University Women's Chorus directed by Dr. Roger Hale, assistant professor of choral music education and voice; and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble directed by Kathleen Holeman, vocal jazz instructor. Missouri Western's choral program involves 92 singers who work together to present choral sounds with music from all historical and stylistic eras.
The program received the highest honor in the state this year when Dr. Benz and the Concert Chorale were selected to perform for the 2011 Conference of the Missouri Music Educators. The conference selected two collegiate choirs from Missouri to model the highest artistic qualities for Missouri's choral educators. Missouri Western's Concert Chorale and the University of Missouri's University Singers were chosen.
''It is a great honor to be selected and invited to perform for this conference of educators but it is also a daunting challenge, because this audience of music teachers is the most musically discerning group of listeners in the state,'' Dr. Benz said. ''This performance will require our highest level of work and accomplishment.''
The Concert Chorale will present the program they are preparing for the 2011 MMEA Conference as part of the Nov. 18 program. The Chorale's special guest for the concert is violinist Ziva Patt-Rappaport from Kansas City who will join the Chorale for Eric Whitacre's ''Five Hebrew Love Songs.''
Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The university offers student-centered, high quality instruction that focuses on experience-based learning, community service, and state-of-the-art technology. Western is located in St. Joseph, Mo., and is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region it serves. Visit www.missouriwestern.edu.