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Lenoir-Rhyne A Cappella Choir to Sing in Hendersonville and Arden, North Carolina

Thu Oct 4 2012

Fall Choir Tour

HICKORY, N.C. — The Lenoir-Rhyne University A Cappella Choir and College Singers, directed by Paul D. Weber, will sing in concert at Grace Lutheran Church, Hendersonville, NC, on Friday, October 26, 7:00 p.m., and at the Lutheran Church of the Nativity, Arden, NC, on Sunday, October 28, 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Accompanying the choir will be Jeana Neal Borman, Lenoir-Rhyne University collaborative artist.  Florence Jowers, university organist, will appear with the choir on the Hendersonville concert.  The youth and adult choirs of Nativity will join with the A Cappella Choir for Sunday services in Arden.

Repertoire sung during this fall tour will include “Sing Ye Praises to Our King” by Aaron Copland, “Come, Let Us Sing unto the Lord” by Emma Lou Diemer, “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” by Gustav Holst, “The Call” by James Gossler, “The Heavens are Telling” by Franz Joseph Haydn, “Pie Jesu” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, “O Day Full of Grace” by F. Melius Christiansen, and selections from “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff.  Hymn arrangements to be sung include: “The Church’s One Foundation” by Robert Powell, and “A Mighty Fortress” arranged by Paul D. Weber.

The College Singers, a select vocal ensemble from the A Cappella Choir, will appear on the Hendersonville program and will sing “Alleluia. The Lord is My Shepherd” by Adolphus Hailstork, “Set Me as a Seal upon Thine Heart” by Michael Larkin, “Jesu, der du meine Seele” by Johann Sebastian Bach, and several choruses from “The Pirates of Penzance” by Arthur Sullivan.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University A Cappella Choir celebrates its 77th season this academic year.  The choir has sung for the installation of two national Lutheran bishops, for mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, and for the 2009 Lutheran unity service at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.  In April of 2007 the choir gave its final spring concert in Blacksburg, Virginia, in remembrance of the first anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre. The choir has taken eleven tours abroad, themost recent to Poland, the Czech Republic, and Germany in May 2011.

The Rev. Dr. Paul Weber, now in his fourteenth year as director, is only the third tenured conductor of the choir in its history.  Weber and his wife, university organist Florence Jowers, joined the Lenoir-Rhyne faculty in 1996 to found the Sacred Music Program for the training of undergraduates in the craft and practice of church music.  Weber is a graduate of Christ Seminary–Seminex and served as pastor of two congregations in western Pennsylvania.  He holds a doctorate in choral conducting from The University of Iowa and a Master of Musical Arts in composition from Yale University.

Jeana Neal Borman is vocal coach and collaborative artist and accompanist at Lenoir-Rhyne University.  She is a magna cum laude graduate of Emory and Henry College, and holds a Master of Music from Illinois State University, where she was winner of the annual Concerto Competition and performed with the Illinois State University Symphony.

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