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Spring Choral Showcase set for April 7

March 27, 2017

The Indiana State University School of Music will present a Spring Choral Showcase Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 7 in the University Hall Theater.

The program will feature the Indiana State Women's Choir, Concert Choir and Sycamore Singers.

"This concert is the culmination of a very busy stretch for the students in our choral program," said Scott Buchanan, director of choral activities at State. "Two weeks ago, our Lyric Theater Workshop students gave wonderfully entertaining performances here on campus. Those were followed by a well-received performance of The National Anthem by the Sycamore Singers for the Indiana Pacers. And, just this past weekend, the Concert Choir took a four-day trip to Chicago, where they were part of a National Festival Chorus that performed in famed Orchestra Hall. Additionally, they performed a separate concert for the ISU alumni who live in the Chicagoland area. So, we've been pretty busy."

Friday's program will feature three of State's choral ensembles. The Concert Choir, under the direction of Buchanan, will perform the same program they sang in Chicago, featuring works by Dale Grotenhuis, J.S. Bach, Daniel Elder, Susan Brumfield, David Dickau and Jake Runestad. Angela Scherer will serve as the accompanist.

"When I selected the music for the National Festival Chorus, I wanted to make sure it would be enjoyed by both the singers and the audience. So, I picked some things our audiences have enjoyed in the past," Buchanan said.

The Women's Choir will also offer a diverse program including selections by Franz Schubert, George Bizet, Laura Farnell, Eric Whitacre and David Childs. Yana Weinstein will conduct and Seth Jines will serve as the accompanist.

The Sycamore Singers will open the concert with a variety of vocal jazz charts, including old, familiar tunes such as "Blue Skies" and "Lullaby of Birdland." 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.

The University Hall Theater is located in the Bayh College of Education building.