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Ohio Northern’s University Singers to Tour Estonia

Feb 12, 2008
Ohio Northern University's University Singers will tour the Baltic country of Estonia in late February and early March. This is the first trip overseas for the choir since a 2001 tour of England and Wales.

The 52-voice select choir is under the direction of Dennis L. Kratzer, director of choral activities and professor of music. The spring tour will consist entirely of a cappella music representative of many different styles and genres. Associate conductor for the choir is Josh Voll, a senior music major from Bluffton, Ohio. The assistant conductors are Aubrey and Adam VonAlmen, sister and brother seniors from Lima, Ohio.

Selections to be performed include Clausen's "Kyrie," "Salmo 150" by Aguiar, "Daemon Irrepit Callidus" by Orbán, Forrests' new compositions "Words from Paradise," "Musicks Empire" by Pfautsch, Shaw's "Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal," "O Magnum Mysterium" by Lauridsen, Whitacre's "Water Night," "Ave Maria" by Kingsbury and "Lux Aeterna" by Fissinger.

The choir will close with the spirituals "Climbin' Up the Mountain Children" and "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel?" by Hogan, Clausen's "There Is a Balm in Gilead" and Ulrich's "Free at Last." In honor of its host country, the choir will close the Estonia concerts on the "Estonian National Anthem."

In addition to this tour of Estonia, the University Singers will perform at the following concerts in Ohio:

Sunday, Feb. 17
3 p.m.
Holy Rosary Catholic Church
511 E. Spring St.
St. Marys, Ohio

Thursday, Feb. 21
7:30 p.m.
Monroe Street United Methodist Church
3613 Monroe St.
Toledo, Ohio

Sunday, March 9
7 p.m.
Presser Hall
Ohio Northern University
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