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.” In May the Chorale will embark upon it’s sixth European tour, visiting Scandinavia and Russia.
A significant part of the Chorale experience is the presentation of major choral/orchestral works. Annually they perform with the Anderson (city) Symphony Orchestra and have appeared recently with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
The 2004 tour concerts will feature a broad range of musical compositions including classical selections by Pachelbel, Alwes, Stroope, Orbán, and Mäntyjärvi, and hymn arrangements and spirituals arranged by Derric Johnson and Robert DeCormier.
The Chorale conductor, Dr. Richard Sowers, is in his 20th 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 15th 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.
Anderson University is a four-year liberal arts institution of approximately 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students located in Anderson, Indiana. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in business, nursing, education and theology. The public is invited to the admission-free concert. A free-will offering will be taken during the event.