North Central College - Naperville, IL

Concert Choir tours southern states on spring concert tour

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Concert Choir soloists performing in Wentz Concert Hall
Concert Choir soloists performing in Wentz Concert Hall

North Central College’s 50-voice Concert Choir will hit the road March 14-23 to perform and sing in churches and venues throughout Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.

The Concert Choir will kick off its tour with a performance on its Naperville campus at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Open to the public, the concert will feature a variety of sacred and choral classics the choir will sing on tour. Tickets are $5/adults, $3/students and senior citizens; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Repertoire includes “Psalm 117” by G. P. Telemann, “Regina Coeli” by W.A. Mozart, “I Waited for the Lord” by Felix Mendelssohn and “The Battle of Jericho” arranged by Moses Hogan, to name a few. Lighter, contemporary fare, such as “Birthdays” by Kirke Mechem and “A Red, Red Rose” arranged by James Mulholland, are also part of the program.

All performances on the itinerary are free and open to the public and include:

•    Wednesday, March 14: 7 p.m. concert at Faith United Methodist Church in Goshen, Ind.
•    Thursday, March 15: 7 p.m. concert at Pleasant Hill United Church of Christ in Pleasant Hill, Tenn.
•    Sunday, March 18: 10 a.m. church service at Church of the Isles, United Church of Christ, in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla.
•    Sunday, March 18: 4 p.m. concert at Calvary Episcopal Church in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla.
•    Tuesday, March 20: 7 p.m. concert at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Deerfield Beach, Fla.
•    Wednesday, March 21: 7 p.m. concert at First United Methodist Church in Punta Gorda, Fla.
•    Thursday, March 22: 7 p.m. concert at First United Methodist Church in Valdosta, Ga.
•    Friday, March 23: 7 p.m. concert at Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, Tenn.

The Concert Choir is chosen by audition and directed by Professor of Music Jeordano Martinez (photo), who also leads North Central’s Opera Workshop, teaches courses in music history and literature, and is music director for the College’s musical theatre productions. Martínez has been recognized on two occasions by the College for distinguished teaching with a prestigious Dissinger Award for Teacher of the Year. He’s also conductor of the Naperville Chorus, a 125-voice community oratorio chorus. Accompanying the touring choir on piano is David Schmitz, associate professor of mathematics at North Central.

North Central College offers undergraduate programs of study in music, jazz studies and music education in choral and instrumental. Students take a combination of core music classes, private lessons, ensembles and other classes suited to their area of specialization or interest. For more information about the College’s music program visit northcentralcollege.edu/majors/music or contact Martinez at 630-637-5626.

03-08-2012