Posted by Peggy Dettwiler for May 3, 2013
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 pm in Steadman Theatre.
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 that 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 Jannis 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 ten 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 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. The choir’s performance is free and open to the public.