Classical guitarist was among features of this year's performances
The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Chorale brought something special to its annual three-city tour this year. In addition to works by such renowned composers as Claudio Monteverdi, Heinrich Schütz and Eric Whitacre, the 31-voice ensemble performed a newly commissioned work by Scott Gendel with renowned classical guitarist Kenneth Meyer.
Meyer is the recipient of the first prize in the 1994 Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist Competition, and was lauded by The Buffalo News for his “impeccably articulate with superb technique.” The Eastman School of Music graduate has performed throughout North and South America and Europe, and was recently featured at Rome Eastman Guitar Summerfest and the Alirio Diaz Guitar Festival.
Chorale's talent was showcased in a series of performances that began on April 8 at Grace Episcopal Church in Elmira before heading off to Washington, D.C., and Selinsgrove, Pa. The Chorale returned to the Colleges for two final performances in St. John's Chapel on April 20, and April 23.
The Colleges' Chorale, directed by Bob Cowles, represents the finest vocal talent at HWS. Each student is rigorously screened for both vocal technique and musicianship. In addition, the Chorale is challenged with a wide variety of works ranging from medieval songs to the latest modern compositions.
Cowles is the chair of the Music Department at HWS, where he has brought his lifelong directorial experience to bear conducting the choral ensembles and instructing students in music theory and practice. He holds a doctorate in music from the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, Ind.
Itinerary of Concerts:
Hobart and William Smith Colleges Chorale Spring Tour Concerts
Friday, April 8, 8 p.m.
Grace Episcopal Church
375 West Church Street,
Elmira, New York 14901
Saturday, April 9, 8 p.m.
St. Columbia’s Episcopal Church
4201 Albemarle Street
Washington, DC 20016
Sunday, April 10, 11 a.m. (brief performance)
St. Mark’s Church Capitol Hill
118 Third Street Southeast
Washington, DC 20003
Monday, April 11, 10 a.m. (brief performance)
St. John's Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square
1525 H Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20005
Tuesday, April 12, 8 p.m.
Sharon Lutheran Church
120 South Market Street
Selinsgrove, PA 17870
Hobart and William Smith Colleges Chorale Spring Home Concerts
Wednesday, April 20, 8 p.m.; and Saturday, April 23, 8 p.m.
St. John's Chapel
HWS Colleges Campus