Internationally known and award-winning composer, arranger, concert pianist and conductor Mark Hayes will present a weekend of entertainment Nov. 15-17 through a collaborative effort between The University of Findlay’s vocal music program and the Findlay-Area Music Ministers Association.
Hayes will offer a solo performance, two music workshops and a combined performance with the UF Concert-Chorale and area community singers from the College First Church of God, First Presbyterian Church, St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church (UMC), St. John’s Lutheran Church, St. Mark’s UMC, St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church and St. Paul’s UMC.
At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, Hayes will perform a solo piano concert, “An Evening with Mark Hayes.” At 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, the 150-voice choir will perform “Songs of the Seasons: The Choral Music of Mark Hayes.” Both performances are in Winebrenner Theological Seminary.
The UF Concert-Chorale and singers from seven area churches, under the direction of Micheal F. Anders, Ph.D., professor of music, will perform eight choral pieces by Hayes that span the seasons of spring, summer and fall. Following an intermission, Hayes will conduct the choir in six of his works for Thanksgiving and the Advent/Christmas seasons.
Tickets are free for both performances, but required. Call the UF Box Office at 419-434-5335 to reserve tickets; the Box Office is located in the Alumni Memorial Union.
The music workshops will be held at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Winebrenner Theological Seminary. There is no cost to attend the 9 a.m. workshop, keyboard improvisation for pianists. There is a $15 registration fee to attend the 10:30 a.m. workshop, a choral reading session on new music by Hayes. Each attendee will receive a packet of some of the latest choral music by Hayes. To make reservations for either workshop, contact Bev Roby at 419-422-4845, ext. 206, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hayes is an award-winning concert pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. His personal catalog, totaling more than 1,000 published works, includes work for solo voice, solo piano, multiple pianos, orchestra, jazz combo, small instrumental ensembles and choruses of all kinds. Hayes has conducted the SWACDA and MCDA Community and Church Honor Choir, and served as guest conductor at Carnegie Hall, featuring his “Te Deum” and “Magnificat.” In 2010, Baylor University Center for Christian Music Studies awarded Mark the Award for Exemplary Leadership in Christian Music. Mark arranged and orchestrated the music for “Civil War Voices,” which won six awards including Best Musical in the 2010 Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York.
In addition to his involvement in the sacred and secular choral music fields, Hayes is an accomplished orchestrator and record producer. The album, “I’ve Just Seen Jesus,” which Mark arranged, orchestrated and co-produced, received the Dove Award for Praise and Worship Album of the Year in 1986. In June 2010, Hayes released his first CD of original songs titled “All Is Well,” featuring Kansas City jazz artist Monique Danielle.
Whether concertizing on the other side of the globe or composing at his home in Kansas City, Mo., Hayes aims to live out his mission “to create beautiful music for the world.”
For more information, contact Anders at 419-434-4717 or email@example.com.