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International artist to join Indiana State choirs in concert

April 5, 2016

Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams will join forces with the Indiana State University Concert Choir when the School of Music presents a Spring Choral Showcase Concert at 7:30 p.m. April 15 in the University Hall Theater, located in the Bayh College of Education building.

Williams studied at St. John's College, Cambridge, and at the National Opera Studio. He made his debut with Welsh National Opera as Guglielmo ("Cosi fan tutte") and has appeared in 60 operatic roles. He has given performances at major venues in North and South America, Australia, Hong Kong and most European countries.

"We are honored to have Jeremy Fuw Williams on our campus," said Scott Buchanan, director of choral activities at Indiana State. "We were contacted in the fall by his collaborative pianist, Paula Fan, who is a friend of our horn professor, Brian Kilp. She indicated that Jeremy would be giving a recital in South Bend (April 18th) and was wondering if he could make a stop at ISU since it was relatively close. I thought it would be a great opportunity for our students if he would agree to appear on our concert. He is going to perform a pair of solo works, as well as with the Concert Choir in a beautiful setting of "Shenandoah." As a bonus, he will be giving a vocal master class to some of our voice majors on Saturday afternoon. We are really looking forward to his visit."

As a soloist, Williams will perform two pieces by contemporary composer, Morten Lauridsen, "The Actor's Song" and "Dirait-on."

The concert will feature three of Indiana State's choral ensembles. The Concert Choir, under the direction of Buchanan, will perform a diverse program of exciting repertoire that is both sacred and secular in nature. Featured composers include Paul Basler, Will James, Anton Bruckner, Nolan Schmit, David Mooney and Michael Engelhardt. Flint Dollar will serve as the accompanist.

"This is going to be an exciting program, from the standpoint of diversity," Buchanan said.

The Women's Choir will also offer a distinct program including selections by Mozart, Bruckner, Purcell and two works by David Childs. Yana Weinstein and graduate student, Katrina Welborn, will conduct. Andrea Marlowe will serve as the accompanist.

The Sycamore Singers will open the concert with staged medley from the award-winning Broadway musical, "Les Misérables."

"This has been such a popular show for decades," Buchanan said. "I thought it would be fun to go a bit out of our normal realm and add a bit of staging. The medley is about 25 minutes long and the students have had to be creative. But I believe they have enjoyed the process. The work calls for rather large a number of soloists, so it gives us a chance to showcase the wonderful vocal talent we have here at Indiana State."

Buchanan also conducts the Sycamore Singers, and Angela Scherer is their accompanist.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 812-237-4590.