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Ohio Northern’s Men’s Chorus Sets Spring Tour

Feb 12, 2008
The Ohio Northern University Men's Chorus will conduct its annual spring concert tour from Wednesday, March 12, to Sunday, March 16. The home concert will be at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 16, in Presser Hall on ONU's campus.

With more than 70 voices, the choir is under the direction of Dennis L. Kratzer, director of choral activities and professor of music.

This will mark the fifth tour for the ensemble. They will perform several concerts at churches and high schools during a five-day tour to Cincinnati, Ohio, Indianapolis, Ind., and Chicago, Ill.

The choir's associate conductor is Josh Voll, a junior music major from Bluffton, Ohio, The assistant conductor is Adam VonAlmen, a senior music major from Lima, Ohio. The choir's accompanist is Adam Fahncke, a sophomore business major from Wapakoneta, Ohio.

The chorus will present sacred and secular selections including "Touching Shoulders," "Brothers Sing On," "Who Are the Brave," "Ave Maria," "O Vos Omnes," "Dies Irae" and "Manly Men." New selections will include "Testament of Freedom," "Jonah," "There Is a Lady Sweet and Kind," "Cape Cod Girls," "He Never Failed Me Yet," "I'm Buildin' Me a Home," "Cindy", "God of Our Fathers," "Poor Man Lazrus," "Grace," "Christopher Columbus" and "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Chile."

In addition to this spring tour, the Men's Chorus will be featured during the Lima Barbershop Extravaganza at Lima's Crouse Hall in March. The ensemble also is scheduled to perform during Lima's Trinity United Methodist Church music series in spring 2008. And for the first time, the Men's Chorus will appear with the ONU Symphonic Band during a patriotic fall concert, as well as a joint concert with the ONU Women's Chorus in November.

The ONU Men's Chorus is one of the newest choral ensembles at the University. Kratzer also directs the select touring mixed choir, the University Singers and the highly select vocal jazz ensemble, The Northernaires. Professor Kratzer is in his 32nd year at the University and also serves as director of music at Market Street Presbyterian Church in Lima, Ohio, as well as director of the Lima Symphony Chorus. The choir will ask for a free-will offering at the churches to help defray costs of the tour.

The Men's Chorus spring tour schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, March 5
8:00 p.m.
Ada High School
435 Grand Ave.
Ada, Ohio

Saturday, March 8
7:00 p.m.
Crouse Hall/Lima Convention Center
7 E. Town Square
Lima, Ohio

Wednesday, March 12
7:30 p.m.
Westwood United Methodist Church
3460 Epworth
Cincinnati, Ohio

Thursday, March 13
7:30 p.m.
Zionsville United Methodist Church
9644 Whitestown Rd.
Zionsville, Ind.

Saturday, March 15
7:30 p.m.
North Broadway United Methodist Church
3344 N. Broadway
Chicago, Ill.

Sunday, March 16
11:00 a.m.
North Broadway United Methodist Church
3344 N. Broadway
Chicago, Ill.

Sunday, March 16
8:00 p.m.
Presser Hall
Ohio Northern University
Ada, Ohio

Sunday, April 6
3:00 p.m.
Trinity United Methodist Church
301 W. Market St.
Lima, Ohio

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