Singing a New Song: ChoralFest Fun Begins
WILMORE, Ky. — Choirs from Asbury University and Lexington Catholic High School will join forces on October 6 at 7:30 p.m. for the third annual ChoralFest, an evening of music in Hughes Auditorium on the Asbury University campus. The program is free and open to the public.
The choirs will perform separately before combining for S.S. Wesley’s celebrated anthem, “Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace,” as well as anthems by 20th-century composers René Clausen and David Dickau.
“Choralfest is an adventure for both choirs,” said Dr. Vicki Bell, professor of music theory and director of the Asbury University Chorale. “Our university-level singers collaborate with singers who may be younger, but who are performing at an impressive level. In turn, the high-school singers are exposed to older, more mature musicians, and perhaps gain musical insight from the collaboration.”
The Lexington Catholic High School Chamber Choir, under the direction of Adam Beeken and Robert Vanover, is one of six curricular ensembles at the school. More than 200 students participate in the choir program, which also includes four extra-curricular choirs, to present six concerts each year. In addition, the Chamber Choir was selected to perform at the Kentucky Music Educators Association state convention in 2009 and has performed at St. Joseph Cathedral in Columbus, Ohio; St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York City and St. Peter’s on the Hill in Washington, D.C.
The Asbury University Chorale performs challenging literature from a variety of musical periods both on- and off-campus. The Chorale will travel to Italy on its third international tour next spring. On the schedule are performances in Palestrina, Florence and Rome, where they will provide music for a Mass as St. Peter’s Basilica.
For more information, please contact Asbury’s Music Department at (859) 858-3511, ext. 2250.