Penn State Behrend choirs performing in Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago

The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers student ensembles at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will make a four-day performance tour of the Midwest beginning on Sunday, May 15.

The choirs’ itinerary includes stops in Cleveland, suburban Detroit, and Chicago.

Their first appearance, during Sunday morning services at the Old Stone Church in Cleveland, will be followed by an informal Sunday afternoon concert for patients and visitors at the Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Building, 9500 Euclid Ave. The choirs will return to the Old Stone Church, 91 Public Square, for a free public performance at 4 p.m. The 45-voice choirs’ repertoire features Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem Op. 48, a choral setting of the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead that is the best known of Fauré’s large works and a frequent addition to movie and television soundtracks. Pieces by Leonard Cohen (“Hallelujah,” popularized by the film Shrek), Alice Parker, Moses Hogan and John Lennon and Paul McCartney also will be sung.

On Monday, May 16, the choirs will visit with and perform for student choristers at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills, the oldest independent school in the state of Michigan. The school also will host a free public performance of the Fauré program at 7 p.m.

The choirs will spend Tuesday, May 17, making an educational visit with the Hyde Park Neighborhood Choir of the Chicago Children’s Chorus. On Wednesday, May 18, the choirs will spend the afternoon in Wilmette to work with young choristers at Highcrest Middle School, followed by a free public 7:30 p.m. performance of the Fauré program hosted by Saint James Episcopal Church on Huron at Wabash in downtown Chicago.

Both choirs perform under the direction of Jason Bishop, a member of Penn State Behrend’s music faculty and founder and artistic director of the Young People’s Chorus of Erie. Penn State Behrend’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations will host receptions in conjunction with each of the three public evening performances; Midwestern alumni and friends of the college interested in attending the receptions should phone the office at 814-898-6159.

 

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Last Updated April 27, 2011