Eastern choirs to perform concert, welcome new director

Samantha Middendorf, Entertainment Editor

Eastern’s Concert Choir and University Mixed Chorus will sing popular songs by international composers for their annual Castles, Cathedrals and Colonies concert.

The concert, featuring French, German, Italian, American and English composers, will be at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Dvorak Concert Hall in the Doudna Fine Arts Center.

The Concert Choir, directed by Richard Rossi and accompanied by Ty Tuttle and Tyler Harr, will be performing several songs.

These include “Nisi Dominus,” arranged by Claudio Monteverdi; “Exsultate Justi,” arranged by Lodovico Viadana; “Beati Quorum Via,” arranged by Charles Villiers Stanford and “Shakespearian Trilogy of Love,” which includes the songs “Sigh No More, Ladies,” “Take, O Take Those Lips Away” and “It Was a Lover and His Lass.”

Rossi put together this arrangement of “Shakespearian Trilogy of Love.”

Rossi said he just was informed this week that “Colla Voce,” a company in Indianapolis that prints music literature from around the world, is going to publish his arrangement.

The University Mixed Chorus, directed by Timothy Renner and also accompanied by Ty Tuttle and Tyler Harr, will be performing “Laus Deo,” by John Leavitt; “The Boatmen’s Dance,” by Aaron Copland; “The Little Horses,” by Aaron Copland and “Stars I Shall Find” by David Dickau.

Renner was just hired to Eastern’s music department this year.

Along with directing the University Mixed Chorus, he teaches applied voice classes and serves as the director of musical theater and opera programs.

Renner has received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bob Jones University and is currently in the process of completing his doctorate degree at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Renner has performed in multiple musicals including “Les Miserables,” “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and “Mary Poppins.”

Tickets for the Castles, Catherdrals and Colonies concert are $12 for the general audience, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.  Tickets can be purchased at the Doudna box office or online.


Samantha Middendorf can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].