The AU Chorale has set the schedule for its 2003 spring tour in Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana. The Anderson University Chorale has performed throughout the United States and abroad during its 58-year history. Composed of 50 singers from many academic disciplines, the Chorale has received national and international recognition and been featured in concert for divisional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association.
A significant part of the Chorale experience is the presentation of major choral/orchestral works. The 2003 tour concerts will feature a broad range of musical compositions, including classical selections by Palestrina and Bach; new works by Whitacre, Nelhybel, and Mäntyjärvi; and hymn arrangements and spirituals.
Annually they perform with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra and have appeared recently with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Domestic tours have taken the Chorale to almost every region and state. Recent tours included performances in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and the Riverside Church in New York; the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California (a Sunday performance broadcast internationally); and the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Performances of the Chorale and other Anderson University music ensembles for the annual Candles and Carols Christmas program are broadcast each December throughout the United States and by EWTN on every continent but Antarctica.
Five European tours have taken the Chorale to concert venues in Germany, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, and Russia. In a concert review of the Chorale in Finland, a Helsinki critic wrote, “There are concerts of which it is difficult to write because there is not much one can be critical of. Occasionally the listening experience is so exceptional that verbal description seems to be mission impossible: words are not enough to express.”
The Chorale conductor, Dr. Richard Sowers, is in his 19th year at Anderson University where he is a professor of music and director of choral and orchestral music. He conducts the AU Chamber Orchestra, the Anderson Symphonic Choir, and teaches voice and conducting; he is also in his 14th season as music director and conductor of the Anderson (city) Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Sowers has degrees from Indiana University, Colorado State University, and Arizona State University. He has been guest conductor with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, and the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Sowers maintains an active schedule as guest conductor and clinician.
The Chorale and Chamber Orchestra conducted by Richard Sowers has a CD available that includes 25 selections and over 75 minutes of music including Christmas selections, Church of God Hymns, and Spirituals.
The public is invited to the free concert. A free-will offering will be taken to help defray tour costs.
Anderson University is a four-year liberal arts institution of approximately 2,400 students located in Anderson, Indiana. Founded in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 majors and programs of study.