CANTON – The University Chorus will perform its spring concert, “In Praise of Singing,” 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27 in St. Lawrence University’s Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall.
The performance is free and open to the public.
Featured work will be Kirke Mechem’s “Singing Is So Good a Thing: An Elizabethan Recreation.” The song is written for mixed chorus, soloists and chamber orchestra, including harpsichord.
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 arrangement of “How Can I Keep from Singing.” The program will open with SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music composer Paul Siskind’s setting of “Everyone Suddenly Burst Out Singing.”
Two recently formed community singing groups will also perform.
TAMS (The Any Music Singers), a collective of singers, will sing two English madrigals, “Now is the Month of Maying” and “The Silver Swan” and the 1985 hit song “Something Inside So Strong.”
Vocal Skies, a shape-note singing group, will sing two standards of the repertoire, William Billings’ “Taunton” and Oliver Holden’s “Cowper.”
As Canton’s community chorus, University Chorus brings together students, faculty and staff and community members.