CANTON -- St. Lawrence University's University Chorus will perform its spring concert, “In Praise of Singing,” at 2 p.m. April 27, in St. Lawrence University’s Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
The program will feature work by American composer Kirke Mechem, including “Singing Is So Good a Thing: An Elizabethan Recreation.” Written for mixed chorus, soloists and chamber orchestra, including harpsichord, the song is a setting of a text by Elizabethan composer William Byrd extolling the benefits of singing. University Chorus tenors Alan Wioskowski and Joseph Schuessler will be soloists.
Other songs on the program include Joe Rarposo’s Sesame Street hit “Sing” in a jazzy arrangement, Stephen Hatfield’s setting of the African folk song “Jabula Jesu,” and Ronald Staheli’s moving arrangement of the American folk hymn “How Can I Keep from Singing,” featuring sopranos Julianne DeGuardi ’16 and Haley Feickert ’11 as soloists. The program will open with SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music composer Paul Siskind’s setting of “Everyone Suddenly Burst Out Singing.”
Joining University Chorus in the celebration of singing will be two recently formed community singing groups, TAMS (The Any Music Singers) and Vocal Skies.