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Greenville College Choir and Kingsbury Ensemble to Present “Heavenly Voices” Concert in St. Louis on Saturday, April 20

Greenville College Choir and Kingsbury Ensemble to Present “Heavenly Voices” Concert in St. Louis on Saturday, April 20

Greenville College Choir and Kingsbury Ensemble to Present “Heavenly Voices” Concert in St. Louis on Saturday, April 20

The Greenville College Choir (Greenville, Illinois) will perform a concert with the Kingsbury Ensemble at Memorial Presbyterian Church (201 S. Skinker Blvd., St. Louis, MO) on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m.  The program will include:  Johann Sebastian Bach's cantata "Christ lag in Todesbanden"; George Frideric Handel's Concerto Grosso (Opus 6, No. 10); Jean-Baptiste Lully's motet "Omnes gentes"; and choral works by Sweelinck, Carissimi, and Palestrina.

Based in St. Louis, the Kingsbury Ensemble is one of the Midwest's premier early music ensembles. Its mission is to stage authentic performances of music from the Renaissance to the early Romantic Period so that listeners may experience this timeless music as its original audiences did. The ensemble presents a number of performances every year ranging from solo recitals to larger productions including singing, dance, and theater.

Founded in 1927 by Dr. Robert W. Woods, the Greenville College Choir has attained a widespread reputation for performing sacred choral music of the highest quality. Currently in its 86th Anniversary year, the Choir recently returned from an extended 10-day spring tour to the South Central United States.  Last year the Greenville Choir was invited to perform at the Illinois Music Educators Conference and the American Choral Directors Association's Central Division Convention.  In November 2009 the College Choir performed with the Boston Camerata at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.  In April 2011 the Choir sang with the American Kantorei at Concordia Seminary (St. Louis).  The Greenville Choir regularly joins with the Greenville Choral Union for concerts of larger choral-orchestral works such as Bach's Magnificat, Mozart's Requiem, and the annual Christmas performance of Handel's Messiah.

Conductor Jeffrey S. Wilson received his Bachelor of Music degree in piano from Augustana College (Rock Island, Illinois). He earned the Master of Music degree in choral music and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting and literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Wilson has served as conductor of the Greenville College Choir since 1996.

Greenville College is a four-year accredited Christian liberal arts school with more than 1,200 traditional undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree completion students.  Founded in 1892 and affiliated with the Free Methodist Church, the college is located in Greenville, Illinois, 45 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri.

Tickets for this concert are available at the door: $20 general admission, $15 seniors, $5 students (15 to 25 years old), free for children, unless otherwise indicated. For more information about the concert, visit www.artsci.wustl.edu/˜sacarlin/index.html, e-mail the ensemble at kingsburyensemble@yahoo.com, or call (314)-862-2675. For more information about the Greenville College Choir or Greenville College call the Music Department Office at (618) 664-6560.

This story was published on April 09, 2013




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