KSU Chorale To Perform At Chautauqua Institution Today

The Kent State University Chorale, conducted by Dr. Scott MacPherson, will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Hurlbut Memorial Community United Methodist Church, located at 14 Pratt Ave. in Chautauqua Institution. Submitted photo

CHAUTAUQUA — The voices of the Kent State University Chorale will be on display, free of charge, on the Chautauqua Institution grounds this week.

The flagship choral ensemble of Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Hurlbut Memorial Community United Methodist Church, located at 14 Pratt Ave. as part of its current spring tour that will end in New York City.

Conducted by Dr. Scott MacPherson, the chorale performs masterworks of choral literature in various languages from the 15th century through the present day. In addition to its campus concerts, the Chorale tours each spring both in the region, nationally and internationally — most recently to Italy — and is the featured performing ensemble in the KSU’s annual Holiday Choral Collage.

The program for Thursday’s concert will include music of Renaissance composers Sweelinck, Tallis, Loosemore and Hassler, as well as music by Johannes Brahms, Rudolf Mauersberger, P.I. Tchaikovsky, Cecilia McDowall, Kenneth Leighton and Shawn Kirchner. The performance will close with arrangements made popular by the King’s Singers.

MacPherson has served as director of choral studies in the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at KSU since 2008. In addition to conducting the KSU Chorale and Kent Chorus, MacPherson leads the graduate choral conducting program, and has consistently earned praise for the high standards of performance of choirs under his direction.

His programming blends a variety of musical styles ranging from early music through new works commissioned especially for him and his ensembles. He is in demand as a guest conductor, choral clinician and adjudicator, and has extensive orchestral conducting experience. MacPherson is the artistic director of the critically acclaimed Cleveland Chamber Choir, a professional ensemble of 32 voices.

For more information on Thursday’s concert at Chautauqua Institution, call 357-4045.

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