Fall Concerts Feature Vocal, Instrumental Talent
Asbury University’s Music Department is warming up for a series of concerts that will feature several different ensembles performing selections ranging from a traditional spiritual to opera. All performances are free and open to the public.
The Fall Ensemble Concert will usher in the 2013-14 season of concerts at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 in Hughes Auditorium. Featured in the program are the University’s Orchestra and Women’s Choir, conducted for the first time by new faculty member Jill Campbell.
The Women’s Choir repertoire in the concert ranges from traditional, uplifting spirituals like “Hold On’ to famous operatic excerpts, including the “Evening Prayer” from Hansel and Gretel. The orchestra will begin the concert with an elegant version of Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” and will also feature a wide range of pieces drawn from the late 16th to the early 21st centuries, including a beautiful string work by Jean Sibelius, and a boisterous opera overture from the early Romantic era, “The Two Blind Men of Toledo” by Méhul.
Just a few days later, the Asbury Chorale and the Mason County High School Choir will present Choralfest at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 7 in Hughes Auditorium. A special appearance by the Asbury University Men’s Glee Club, directed by Dr. Mark Schell, will round out the evening’s program.
The choirs will perform separately, then join forces for a performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Five Mystical Songs.” The first four songs are personal meditations sung by bass/baritone Dr. Daniel Koehn, a 1993 alumnus who is presently a member of the Asbury University vocal faculty. The final “Antiphon” is a jubilant hymn of praise sung by the joint choirs.
Koehn received his bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Asbury University and his Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Kentucky. He has sung with Central City Opera, Opera Omaha, Chicago Lyric Opera, and San Diego Opera, among others. Koehn has performed professionally as bass soloist in many choral masterworks and has previously taught as an adjunct voice instructor at Point Loma Nazarene University and Trevecca Nazarene University.
The 90-voice Mason County High School Choir is under the direction of Asbury alumnus Charlie Hunter ‘11. The Asbury Chorale, an auditioned SATB vocal ensemble that performs a wide variety of choral literature ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st Century, is directed by Vicki Bell.
For more information about the Fall Ensemble Concert or Choralfest, contact the Asbury University Music Department at (859) 858-3511, x2250, or contact Dr. Ron Holz by email at firstname.lastname@example.org (Fall Ensemble Concert).
About the Asbury Chorale
The Asbury Chorale supplements its on-campus performance schedule with off-campus events and tours, both national and international. Three international tours have been completed in the past seven years. The singers have performed at Washington National Cathedral, and international venues, such as St. Peter's Basilica and the Cathedral of St. Ignatius in Rome, Italy. The ensemble has also performed with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. In May of 2009, the Chorale completed a week-long choral residency at Gloucester Cathedral in England, and presented a concert at Bath Abbey during the prestigious Bath Music Festival. The Chorale also performed at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.
About the Mason County High School Choir
The Mason County choirs and orchestra have undertaken eight international concert tours including performances at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Notre Dame in Paris, Westminster Abbey in London, St. Mark’s in Venice, Chartres Cathedral and more than 175 European concerts. In addition to the European tours, the Concert Choir has performed at Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast, Kennedy Center for the Arts, the Kentucky General Assembly, St. Patrick’s Cathedral (New York City), and the United States Capitol, along with special television presentations for KET and the United Nations film productions.
Charlie Hunter, Director of Music at Mason County High School, is continuing in the tradition set by his father, C. J. Hunter ‘81, who served as Mason County Music Director for more than 30 years.