MANSFIELD, PA—The Mansfield University Concert Choir, under the direction of Peggy Dettwiler, will give their final performance of the academic year on Saturday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Steadman Theatre. The concert is free and open to the public.
The choir's program will open with a variety of works in contrasting styles from Mendelssohn to Lauridsen to Hogan.
Steven Miller, graduate student in choral conducting, will lead the group on three selections including his own composition, Angele Dei.
The featured work is a cantata entitled, Changed My Name by Linda Twine, which was inspired by spirituals and the lives of Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman.I told Jesus It Would Be All Right If He Changed My Name is the spiritual from which the title was taken.
It will feature Janis Floyd, associate professor in the Education and Special Education Department at Mansfield University, and Charla Kibler, seen on the stages of Hamilton-Gibson Productions, as Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman, respectively, along with 10 soloists from the Concert Choir accompanied by pianist, Kyle Rusk, and percussionist, Angelo Stokes.
The Concert Choir has focused their study this semester on the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and performed in March at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
The MU Concert Choir has contributed significantly to Mansfield's reputation of musical excellence. The group has traveled throughout the Northeast and performed in fourteen European countries accumulating a vast array of awards in international choral competitions. In 2008, the Concert Choir won the Championship in the Gospel & Spiritual Category and placed second among 36 choirs in the Mixed Youth Choir Category at the World Choir Games in Graz, Austria. In 2011, the group won first place and two second-place prizes at the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales, and was awarded the 2011 American Prize in Choral Performance for the College/University Division.This past summer, the Concert Choir won three gold medals at the World Choir Games in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The singers are committed to communicating their love of choral music and are frequently praised for the emotional spectrum in their performances, their diverse vocal color, and their varied repertoire.