Choir To Make Concert Stops in Illinois and Wisconsin

The Emmy-nominated Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir will perform a concert of classic choral literature during its upcoming tour that will include concerts in Libertyville, Ill. and Madison, Wis.

The choir will perform the concerts just prior to its international tour to Sweden and Estonia. On Monday, May 16, the choir will perform at Libertyville United Methodist Church, 429 Brainerd Ave. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and there will be a free-will offering.

On Tuesday, May 17, the choir will perform at Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 East Gorham Street in Madison, Wis. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and there will be a free-will offering.

The concert will include many classical styles including music by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Morten Lauridsen, Johannes Brahms and Eric Whitacre. The program will also include spirituals by Moses Hogan and Jester Hairston, Lithuanian children’s stories set to music by Jonas Tamulionis, and Scandinavian ballads by Wilhelm Stenhammar.

The Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir is a select 55-voice ensemble. Since 1977, the choir has undertaken seven foreign concert tours and two choral residencies in Hawaii in addition to annual concert tours throughout the United States. The choir will tour Sweden and Estonia from May 18 to May 28.

The choir is under the direction of William A. Wyman who is in his 36th year at Nebraska Wesleyan. He has served as a clinician or guest conductor throughout the country. In 1996, the Nebraska Choral Directors Association selected Wyman as the “Outstanding Choral Director of the Year.” He received a Fulbright Scholar appointment at Seoul National University in Korea. In 2004, he was inducted into the Nebraska Music Educators Association Hall of Fame and in 2009 he made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut.

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Prior to its international tour, the University Choir will perform in Illinois and Wisconsin.