The Findlay Civic Choir will hold its summer concert Sunday, Aug. 25, at 3 p.m. at the Marathon Center for the Performing arts.
Directed by SeaHwa Jung, University of Findlay’s director of choral activities, the concert will be anchored by a performance of Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” accompanied by an orchestra and local soloists. Other music for the afternoon will include George Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm,” Billy Joel’s “Lullabye,” arrangements of “What a Wonderful World,” and more.
Tickets cost $20 and $15 for University of Findlay students with valid ID. They can be purchased at the performing arts center’s box office, 200 E. Main Cross St., or online at www.mcpa.org
A reception for those in attendance will follow after the concert, with refreshments provided by The Baker’s Cafe.
This marks the second year for the intergenerational Findlay Civic Choir, which began as the Findlay Summer Choir. Founded by Jung, the group includes musicians from the University of Findlay and the community that enjoy the satisfaction of bringing a variety of quality music to Findlay.
“I arrived in Findlay three or four years ago, and I realized there was no community choir in Findlay, even though the town is big enough to have one,” said Jung. “So I started to rehearse with some community members who had an interest in singing and were available in the summertime. We grew it to about 50 people, and we had a full house at our concert, almost 500 people. ”
Now operating under the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, the group has rehearsed weekly since June for the upcoming performance.
“I believe that the role of a choir director is to maximize the singers’ ability. In collaborating with this group, there is a wide range of experience,” said Jung. “There are some local music teachers, local music directors, but some of them may be less experienced, or even can’t read music correctly. But we are collaborating as one group, and I’m very interested in making a group with a single, good sound.”
The successful first year of the choir has led to more opportunities for the group. The orchestra for this year’s performance — made up of local and regional musicians recruited by Jung — is one of the added benefits of working in conjunction with the Marathon Center.
“Last year we didn’t have any budget, but this year we’ve had the opportunity to work with a professional orchestra under the Marathon Center. We’re very excited to join them,” said Jung.
The Findlay Civic Choir is open to any level of singer who has an interest in singing choral music, from high school age and up. No audition is required.
A winter concert featuring Handel’s “Messiah” is scheduled for Dec. 15, with weekly rehearsals starting again in November.
For more information about the civic choir, contact Jung at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about the upcoming concert, visit www.mcpa.org