posted Apr 17, 2013 in ACADEMICS
In the middle of a quiet art gallery. Underneath the wings of an SR-71 Blackbird spy plane.
Not the sort of places one normally associates with a choir performance.
But April 24-28, this is where the McPherson College choir may be found on its annual choir tour.
Dr. Josh Norris, assistant professor of music and director of the choir, said trying new venues is intended to be fun, creative and to offer a more informal environment.
“We want to bring the music to them,” Dr. Norris said. “Sometimes you have to go outside of your own comfort zone to serve them.”
Among the new locations are the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kan., and the Wichita CityArts Gallery, which both will fit into the choir's theme this year of “Earth, Sea and Sky.” The choir will wrap up its tour with a homecoming performance on April 28 in the McPherson Opera House.
Among the music being performed is “In the Beginning” and “Achieved is the Glorious Work” from “The Creation” by Franz Joseph Haydn – one of his most famous oratorios depicting the Biblical story of God creating the heavens and the earth.
Other works being performed on the concert are pieces on the subject of water and the sky such as “Requiem” by Craig Hella Johnson, written for the victims of the 2004 Indonesian tsunami, “Meerstille und Glückliche Fahrt” (Calm Sea and Prosperous Journey) by Beethoven, which conveys the sense of people on a sea voyage with a storm and the calm following it and “Sure on this Shining Night” by Samuel Barber.
The new locations should provide multiple reasons for people to come and support McPherson College music.
"We want to allow all our alumni and our supporters to do more than attend a choir concert," Dr. Norris said. "Not that a choir concert isn't enough, it's just like two for the price of one."
All performances are free and the public is invited and encouraged to attend.
Choir Tour Schedule
April 24 – Hutchinson, Kan. – Kansas Cosmosphere
April 25 – Lincoln, Neb. – First Plymouth Church
April 26 – Kansas City, Kan. – First Central Church of the Brethren
April 27 – Wichita, Kan. – CityArts Gallery
April 28 – McPherson, Kan. – McPherson Opera House
All performances start at 7 p.m.