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Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts to Host Grove City College Touring Choir on April 2
Help ARCA showcase musical excellence in our region as we celebrate Grove City College’s premier vocal ensemble in a concert of choral works to usher in the Holy Season, including sacred works, songs of praise and African American spirituals.
Tickets are $10.00 for Adults and Students. Children under 6 are free.
Buy tickets online at www.alleghenyriverstone.org or call to reserve at 724-659-3153.
The Choir’s performance in Foxburg follows their annual Spring East Coast tour to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The Choir travels widely and has performed in virtually every state east of the Mississippi and the major cities of Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington D.C., Boston, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Baltimore, and Detroit. It dedicates itself to the highest standards of musicianship and expressiveness.
In recent years, the choir has been invited to perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, and the Wheeling, WV Symphony. In April 2015, the Choir performed the Mozart Requiem with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra and in April 2016, the choir performed Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Verdi’s Te Deum with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Heinz Hall.
The Touring Choir has been in existence since its founding in 1959 by Oscar Cooper and continues to function as a co-curricular activity on the Grove City College campus. Members are selected by competitive audition and represent a variety of academic disciplines.
In addition to the annual Spring tour, the choir performs for churches in Western Pennsylvania and at various campus events. A highlight of the Christmas season for choir members is their musical leadership in the annual college candlelight services.
Performances of the Touring Choir for professional music organizations have included the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Annual Conferences in 1984, 1986, 1990, 1997, 2004, and 2009; the Music Educators National Conference Eastern Division Conventions in 1987 and 1991; and the Eastern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in 2002. In April of 2001 the choir sang for the Palm Sunday Services at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California.
During recent years the ensemble has been invited to perform as the featured choir with the Keith and Kristyn Getty Band as part of the Getty’s national tour and performed again with the Gettys in October 2016. The Choir is directed by Dr. Katherine Mueller, trained by the world-famous choir director and conductor, Dr. Robert Page, past director of choruses for the Pittsburgh Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra.
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