MU Choral Collage set for October 15

The Mansfield University Music Department will present the annual Fall Choral Collage on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 2:30 p.m. in Steadman Theatre. 

The concert is free and open to the public. Due to the popularity of this event, audience members are urged to arrive early.  

The program, produced and conducted by Peggy Dettwiler, director of Choral Activities, will feature the Mansfield University Festival Chorus, Women’s Chorus, Men’s Chorus, Mansfieldians, Chamber Singers and the Concert Choir, each in their first major performance of the season. More than 150 singers will be involved in the program.

The program will feature the usual wide variety of choral repertoire with works from the Baroque through the 21st century including Gospel, Jazz, and Spiritual selections.  

Some highlights include the Women’s Chorus (Grace Notes) performance of the poem High Flight by John Magee, a pilot in World War II. The Steadmen will delight the audience with a hilarious drinking song, Old King Cole, and the Festival Chorus will perform an Iraqi love song in Arabic, their native language.  

The Chorus will also introduce a movement from the spring major work, Annelies, which captures the story of Anne Frank.   

A featured selection of the Concert Choir will be the finale from Candide, which celebrates the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein.  

Sheryl Monkelien with also lead the vocal jazz ensemble, the Mansfieldians, in some popular selections. 

The Choral Collage is sponsored in part by student activity fees.

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