|Lebanon Valley College Concert Choir Announces 78th Annual Spring Tour and Home Concert
The 78th Annual Spring Tour of the Lebanon Valley College Concert Choir will be from Thursday, March 27 through Sunday, March 30 concluding with a home concert on Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m. in Miller Chapel. There is no admission charge, although a free-will offering may be collected in support of the host churches' music ministry. Dr. Mark Mecham, chair and Edna and Clark Carmean Professor of Music, directs the 78-voice Lebanon Valley College Concert Choir.
Thursday, March 27, 7 p.m.
St. Martin's Lutheran Church
1120 Spa Road
Annapolis, Md. 21403
Friday, March 28, 7 p.m.
Zion United Methodist Church
1030 Carlisle Road
York, Pa. 17404
Saturday, March 29, 7 p.m.
Chiques Church of the Brethren
4045 Sunnyside Road
Manheim, Pa. 17545
Sunday, March 30, 3 p.m.
Derry Presbyterian Church (Arts Alive!)
248 East Derry Road
Hershey, Pa. 17033
This year's program is titled "Grow in Light," which is a line from one of the Shaker tunes included in the program. The choir will explore sacred and secular choral music, with a particular emphasis on the influence of folk music in several song traditions.
Pivotal selections include one of Morten Lauridsen's "Madrigali,"z six "Fire Songs" on Italian Renaissance poems, "Ov'è, Lass, Il Bel Viso?" (Alas, where is the beautiful face?). From here, the choir turns its attention to several pieces influenced by a variety of folk traditions, including Craig Zamer's arrangement of the American folk song, "Wayfarin' Stranger," and "Geantraí" (joyful music) by Ireland's Michael McGlynn accompanied by bodhran.
In addition to the four tour performances and home concert, the choir will conduct a choir exchange at Annapolis High School, where Keith Stoltzfus '10 directs the Annapolis High School Honors Chorus; share a program with the York County Senior Honors Choir, conducted by American Choral Director Association president, Randy Yoder; and be the guest artists for the Arts Alive! program at the Derry Presbyterian Church.
The Lebanon Valley College Concert Choir has toured each year, primarily in the Northeast, since 1936. In addition, the choir has been heard on more than 30 NBC national radio broadcasts including "National Radio Pulpit" and "Great Choirs in America." The choir has performed with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and holds a standing invitation to appear at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., and the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York City. The choir has toured internationally to the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe (1973), Great Britain (1999), Italy (2001), Central Europe: the Czech Republic, Austria, and Hungary (2007), and Scandinavia: Norway and Denmark (May 2011).
Mecham has been chair of the LVC Department of Music since 1990. He received the Thomas Rhys Vickroy Distinguished Teaching Award in 1998. As director of choral activities, he conducts the LVC Concert and Chamber Choirs. In August 1992, he appeared as guest conductor of the Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and from 1993-2002 served as the musical director of the Lebanon County Choral Society. At the May 2012 commencement, the Lebanon Valley College Student Government honored Mecham as Educator of the Year.
Lebanon Valley College offers numerous public performances by students, faculty, and guests of the College throughout the semester. For the list of recitals this spring, visit http://www.lvc.edu/music/student-recitals.aspx.