The Colleges Community Chorus presents its spring concert, with a tip of the hat to an HWS professor emeritus
(April 7, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.–The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Community Chorus presents “In Praise of Music” at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21, in St. John's Chapel. The evening features a performance of a piece by former HWS music Professor Lindsay A. Lafford that gives the program its name. “In Praise of Music” premiered at the Colleges' Distinguished Faculty Award celebrations in 2002.
In addition to Lafford's work that, the concert features works by Mozart, Purcell, Donato, Stravinsky and Handel, among others–most with a musical and/or pastoral theme.
The chorus is directed by Mark Bartel, a baritone who has been a member of several top Canadian chamber choirs. Bartel has been on the faculty of Canadian Mennonite University, and for the past several years has conducted choirs at the University of Western Ontario. He is regularly engaged as a vocal and choral clinician and adjudicator.
The recipient of several Canada Council for the Arts awards in conducting, Bartel holds Master of Music and Master of Sacred Music degrees from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He recently has begun the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music.
The Community Chorus is a 40-voice ensemble that performs major works from the standard repertoire, as well as lesser-known works deserving wider familiarity. The group is comprised of students, faculty and staff at the Colleges and members of the surrounding community. The Chorus performs two concerts each year.