The Chowan University Singers will perform a spring concert at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts next weekend.
The Boys Choir of Hampton Roads will also perform. Tickets are $10 for the concert, which begins at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the SCCA’s Birdsong Theater.
The Chowan Singers will perform several classic choral masterpieces ranging from classical a cappella music to contemporary gospel like “The Lord Bless You and Keep You”. Their performance will feature “Gloria” in D major, by Antonio Vivaldi.
In March, the Chowan Singers took part in a three-day residency at Carnegie Hall with 200 singers from schools across the country. They performed “Gloria” at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium.
The Chowan University Singers are under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Thorburn, Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Chowan. Thorburn is a graduate of the University of Rochester and Yale University. The Chowan Singers is a select ensemble made up of 18 students and accompanied by a seven-piece orchestra made up of violins, viola, cello, oboe, trumpet and organ.
The Boys Choir of Hampton Roads will perform seven selections: “A Jubilant Gloria”, “Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace”, “Kyrie”, “My Lord, What A Morning”, “Make Them Hear You”, “Praise total” and “We are the men”.
The choir is conducted by Julius E. McCullough, a highly regarded music teacher, performer, and music clinician. The choir has performed across the country, including Dallas, Nashville, Washington, DC, and Chicago.
The Boys Choir of Hampton Roads, formerly Park Place Boys Choir, was organized in September 1997 as a resource for boys in the Park Place area of Norfolk to expand their positive image through song. Geraldine T. Boone is its founder and accompaniment. The mission of the choir is to “develop in each young singer a respect for self and others based on clearly stated and solidly proven values, while striving for excellence in personal academic and cultural pursuits”.
Tickets can be purchased at www.SuffolkCenter.org or by calling 757-923-0003. The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is located at 110 W. Finney Ave.