The Mansfield University Concert Choir will present their final campus appearance in Steadman Theatre on Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 pm, before embarking on their eighth European Tour to take part in the 2017 Harmonie Festival in Limburg, Germany, in May.
More than 6000 singers from 219 choirs representing 37 different nations and cultures will join together in this festive competition. The MU choir will perform in four separate categories: Mixed Choir, Male Choir, Female Choir, and Sacred Music. The fifteen-day tour will take them to Amsterdam, The Hague, Bruges, Brussels, Cologne, Limburg, and Rüdesheim, some of the loveliest sites in Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany.
Peggy Dettwiler, director of the Concert Choir, states: "The students are very excited about the prospect of visiting these countries, of experiencing new cultures, and sharing their choral music with audiences abroad. They have been working hard in rehearsing the repertory with which they will be traveling and competing;it is a fabulous group of 50 students, and I am sure they will be wonderful ambassadors for Mansfield University, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the United States of America."
The Saturday evening concert will feature works by Mendelssohn, Victoria, and Josquin des Prez from the historical canon, plus music from around the world, spirituals and favorites such as "Danny Boy," "Shenandoah" and "Precious Lord." The concert promises to delight audience members with glorious singing as this is the premier touring choir of the university. Please join them in Steadman Theatre on April 29 to give the choir a royal send-off for their international adventure.
Mansfield University was the first Pennsylvania state institution to grant a certificate to teach music and has had a long, rich tradition of music excellence since its founding in 1857. Students at Mansfield University study with distinguished faculty who are eager to help you achieve your performance and educational goals. The department features numerous large and small performing ensembles, including orchestra, bands, choirs, and chamber ensembles. Our graduates are regularly accepted into the finest graduate programs in music, are active as performers throughout the United States, and include some of the finest music educators in the northeast. The Mansfield University Music Department offers everything an aspiring musician needs to succeed. Thank you for visiting our website, and please feel free to contact us by email or phone at (570) 662-4710.
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