Renowned collegiate vocal ensemble, the Capital University Chapel Choir, will extend a message of peace at home and abroad through its Where All is Peace tour, coming to Charlotte and Southern Pines, N.C., Salem, Va., February 21-23 and Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland May 8-19.
Taking Capital across the globe from Carnegie Hall and the Chicago Opera House to schools and music halls in South Africa, the Capital University Chapel Choir’s longstanding touring tradition has carried it around the world as more than an ensemble of beautiful voices.
The choir has shared powerful messages of joy, hope and positive social change with thousands of people from many different places and cultures. More than a superior musical experience, the choir's performances transcend cultural differences to connect us as humans. The impact infinitely resounds. The choir’s message this year is peace.
Under the director of Dr. Lynda Hasseler since 1990, the Chapel Choir has been honored with invitations to perform for numerous state, regional, national and international conferences and conventions, including INTERKULTUR and the 2012 World Choir Games Competition held in Cincinnati, where the choir won gold medals in the Mixed Choir and Musica Sacra competitions.
The choir performs a variety of sacred and secular choral literature, including motets, choral/orchestral works, spirituals, gospel music, carols, traditional music and selections for women’s chorus and men’s chorus, as well as music from Eastern Europe, Africa, Japan and from Latin and South America.
Since its first appearance on Palm Sunday 1929, the Chapel Choir has upheld the rich Lutheran heritage of fine choral singing. Chapel Choir has toured extensively throughout the United States and the world. But more meaningful than the stamps on its passport are the powerful messages of joy, hope, peace and positive social change the choir shares with communities it embraces, whether in North Carolina or Northern Ireland, Virginia or Vienna.
After having been featured in a performance at the Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) 2014 Professional Conference February 6, Chapel Choir will make the following appearances during its spring 2014 tour:
Friday, February 21, 7 pm
Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church
1517 Luther Way, Southern Pines, N.C., 28387
910-692-2662 Ext. 102
Free and open to the public
Saturday, February 22, 7 pm
Christ Lutheran Church
4519 Providence Road Charlotte, N.C., 28226
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the church or on iTickets.
Sunday, February 23, 7 pm
41 E. Main St., Salem, Va., 24153
Free and open to the public
A feature performance at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) 2014 Central Division Conference Friday, February 28, in Cincinnati, will bookend the North Carolina/Virginia Tour.
In May, Chapel Choir will carry its message of peace abroad during a 12-day tour to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The choir will perform in both formal and informal settings such as St. Columb’s Cathedral in Derry; Conwal Parish Church in Letterkenny; a Gothic Church at Kylemore Abbey; St. Nicholas Collegiate Church, one of the oldest parish churches in Ireland; and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191.
Tour stops will include:
- County Donegal
- Londonderry (Derry), one of the only cities in the U.K. which has its ramparts preserved in their entirety. Students will take a guided walk along the city walls and absorb 1,500 years of social, cultural and religious history. The tour will include a stop a new “Peace Bridge” and the “Hands Across the Divide” monument, which symbolize the spirit of reconciliation and hope for the future — a fitting site for a concert tour delivering a message of peace.
Unique to Capital University Chapel Choir performances are concert programs that flow from a narrative theme.
More than an assortment of choral selections, the tour program, Where All Is Peace, presents songs that both comfort with familiarity and lyricism; and challenge with disjointed dissonance.
Selections are Stars, by Erik Esensvalds; Deep River; We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace, by Moses Hogan; O Sapientia, by Pawel Lukaszewksi; Stetit Angelus, by Rihards Dubra; Be Thou My Vision, Traditional Irish Hymn; Es War Ein Wunderlicher Krieg, from Christ Lag In Todesbanden BWV 4, by Johann Sebastian Bach; Idumea, Shape Note Tune from Kentucky Harmony, 1816, arranged by Richard Bjella; Kyrie from Missa da Cappella a sei voci, by Claudio Monteverdi; Come to the Water, arranged by Lynda Hasseler; I Will Be A Child of Peace, Traditional Shaker Hymn arranged by Elaine Hagenberg; and much more.
Concert-goers will be inspired to seek peace in their own lives—a peace that is not fragile, but strong; not small, but expansive; not passive, but intentional; not fleeting, but timeless.
Located in the Columbus, Ohio, neighborhood of Bexley, Capital University is a private, four-year undergraduate institution and graduate school. Capital prepares students for meaningful lives and purposeful careers through a relevant liberal arts core curriculum and deep professional programs. Influenced by its Lutheran heritage, Capital places great emphasis on the free and open exchange of ideas, seeking out diverse perspectives, active participation in society, leadership and service. With a focus on rigor and experiential learning, the University capitalizes on its size, location, and heritage to develop the whole person, both inside and outside the classroom.
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