Masterworks Chorale to perform renowned Caribbean Mass

April 4, 2014

RIO GRANDE, Ohio – The renowned work of composer Glenn McClure will take center stage on Sunday, April 27 as the University of Rio Grande’s Masterworks Chorale will perform “St. Francis in the Americas: A Caribbean Mass.”

The spring concert, free and open to the public, is in conjunction with the Rio Grande vocal and percussion departments. The performance is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Berry Fine & Performance Arts Center on campus.

“This will be an event not to be missed,” Masterworks Chorale Director Dr. Sarin Williams said. “The work features lively, Latin rhythms, combined with the traditional mass texts and original Spanish poetry by St. Francis of Assisi.”

The Masterworks Chorale is a regional chorus comprised of both Rio Grande students and community members under the direction of Dr. Williams and accompanist Mary Billman. Chorale members include Kathryn Campbell, Stephanie Cartmell, Mary Jane Getty, Aryn Gritter, Marlene Hoffman, Evelyn Kirkhart, Andy Knipp, Jordan Lombardo, Alva McCoy, Vinton Rankin, Nickie Smith, Ally Waddell, Duane Will and Brooke Wolni.

Levi Billiter will lead Rio Grande percussion students Skyler Thompson and Allen Hudson. The concert also will include vocal performances, under the instructed of Valerie Tanner, from Gritter, Knipp, Waddell and Wolni.

“St. Francis in the Americas: A Caribbean Mass” has been performed in New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall with McClure’s works performed all over the world. The composer and arts integration consultant is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Continental Harmony Commission by the American Composers Forum.

“With this major work we will bring the flavors of the Caribbean to southeastern Ohio,” Dr. Williams said. “I am proud to offer such an unusual work at the University of Rio Grande.”

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