The University of Findlay Concert-Chorale, under the baton of music professor Micheal F. Anders, Ph.D., will present “How Can I Keep from Singing? 35 Years of Choral Music Memories at UF” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8 in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium.
The concert will celebrate Anders’ 35-year career as Concert-Chorale conductor. He will be retiring as UF’s choral activities director following an April 2016 choir concert at the new Marathon Center for the Performing Arts.
The Nov. 8 concert will feature 20 short choral pieces that have been performed over the past 35 years by the 70-voice Concert-Chorale. It will also include several newer Christmas arrangements for choir with four-hand piano accompaniment, which will showcase UF staff accompanist Kelly Lewis and longtime Concert-Chorale accompanist Sharon Vaas.
Exemplifying the wide variety of pieces that will be performed, some of the works will include, “The Lord is My Shepherd,” from John Rutter’s “Requiem, which will feature UF clarinet instructor Colleen Abrams; “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” a popular song arranged by Mark Hayes; “Shenandoah/He’s Gone Away,” American folksongs arranged by Mark Hayes; a medley from the Broadway musical, “A Chorus Line” by composer Marvin Hamlisch and lyricist Edward Kleban; and “The Light of Christmas/Silent Night” by Joel Raney.
The four-hand piano accompaniment pieces will include, “Tomorrow Shall be My Dancing Day”; “On Christmas Night All Christians Sing”; “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella”; “Ding Dong Merrily on High”; and “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”
Also to be performed will be the triumphant “Wheels of a Dream” from the musical, “Ragtime,” by composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens, featuring freshman baritone Brent Hoggart, an Environmental Safety and Occupational Health Management major from Wilmington, Ohio.
Concert tickets are free, but are limited. Advanced reservations are highly recommended. UF Box Office hours are 2-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The box office is located in the Alumni Memorial Union. Tickets may be reserved by phone any time of the day by calling (419) 434-5335 and leaving your name, phone number and a message; a box office representative will return your call.