University Chorus, Potsdam Community Chorus to Perform Concerts | St. Lawrence University

University Chorus, Potsdam Community Chorus to Perform Concerts

St. Lawrence’s University Chorus and Potsdam Community Chorus will perform together at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, in Gunnison Memorial Chapel at St. Lawrence University, and again at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, at First Presbyterian Church located at 42 Elm Street in Potsdam. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

The combined forces of Canton’s University Chorus and the Potsdam Community Chorus will sing iconic choral arrangements of folk songs, spirituals, hymns and more by America’s preeminent composer and arranger, Alice Parker.

According to Barry Torres, director of music ensembles at St. Lawrence, her life’s work has been in choral and vocal music, combining composing, conducting, and teaching in a creative balance. Her arrangements, many written for the famous Robert Shaw Chorale from the 1950’s and 60’s, form an enduring repertoire for choruses all around the world. Ms. Parker is also well known as an educator and advocate of community singing, leading inspiring workshops and hymn sings around the world.

The program will feature many of Parker’s classic arrangements in collaboration with Robert Shaw – Stephen Foster songs “Beautiful Dreamer” and “Some Folks”; spirituals “Sometimes I Feel”, “Same Train”, “I Got a Key” and “Deep River”; American hymns “Wondrous Love” and “Hark I Hear.” Also included will be more recent work including the Hebrew song “V’chit’tu” (Song of Peace) and the haunting Sephardic love song “La Rosa Enflorece”.

Torres will direct University Chorus and the Potsdam Community Chorus accompanied by Gerri McGrath, longtime accompanist for the Potsdam Community Chorus and other community and school groups in the North Country. The program will also feature soloists from both groups: sopranos Robin Duncan and Sharon H.J. Cheng, altos Jennifer Blewett and Trinity Robin and tenor Don Scheussler.

For more information, contact St. Lawrence’s Department of Music at 315-229-5166.