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By Sally Neel and Rachel Fiet
Special to The PREVIEW
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd., is excited to host of the John Brown University Choir on Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m.
A donation of $10 per person will be requested at the door, though no one will be turned away for not paying. The donation will assist the church with their ongoing concert series and will assist the choir on their tour.
“This is a wonderful and unique opportunity for St. Patrick’s,” said Fr. Doug Neel, rector of the church. “We are delighted to be able to offer this concert to the public.”
The Cathedral Choir, comprising 52 talented students from John Brown University, will perform pieces ranging from the 18th Century to newly composed choral compositions. Audiences will hear many different styles of music, including Mendelsohn’s eight-part a capella work “Ehre Sei Gott,” a highly popular composition by Z. Randall Stroope and a foot tapping spiritual, “I Can Tell The World,” by Moses Hogan. Professor Paul Smith, the longtime conductor of the Cathedral choir, returns to the podium after a year of sabbatical and is refreshed and excited to once again present this very special concert to all lovers of choral music.
The spring tour will take the choir through New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas before returning to Arkansas for a conclusion concert at JBU on Tuesday, March 26.
The choir has toured extensively all over the United States and in Northern Ireland. In addition to annual tours, the choir is featured in the annual Candlelight Service at JBU each December. In 2011, the Cathedral Choir recorded a CD in Belfast, Northern Ireland at the famed St. Mark’s Cathedral, home church of C. S. Lewis. The CD will be on sale at each of the choir’s appearances.
John Brown University, located in Siloam Springs, Ark., is a private Christian university, ranked No. 2 overall and No. 1 Best Value among Southern regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report and listed as one of America’s Best Colleges by Forbes. JBU enrolls more than 2,200 students from 40 states and 39 countries and is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and a founding member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.
Seating at St. Patrick’s is limited, so it is recommended that audience members arrive early.