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March 8, 2012

Birmingham-Southern College Concert Choir to present 8 performances across 2 states during annual Spring Tour

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern College Concert Choir will perform in five churches and three schools across Alabama and Tennessee during its annual Spring Tour March 14-18.

The 41-member mixed-voice student ensemble’s tour program will explore the manifold expressions of the heart’s longing to express joy, sorrow, faith, supplication, and wonder in music by Franz Schubert, Alberto Ginastera, Ernest Bloch, Z. Randall Stroope, and others, including the expressive voice of the African-American spiritual. 

Performances during the 2012 Spring Tour open to the public with free admission include:

  • Wednesday, March 14, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Huntsville, Ala., at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 15, at Franklin First United Methodist Church in Franklin, Tenn., at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, March 16, at Brainerd United Methodist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn., at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 18, at Rivermont Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga, Tenn., at 11 a.m.
  • Sunday, March 18, at Gadsden First United Methodist Church in Gadsden, Ala., at 4 p.m.

The 2012 Spring Tour will conclude with the annual Homecoming Concert on Sunday, April 1, at 4 p.m. at Bluff Park United Methodist Church in Hoover, Ala., where the choir will be joined by members of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

The choir also will perform at The Randolph School in Huntsville, Huntsville High School, and Centennial High School in Franklin, during the tour.

Under the direction of Dr. Lester Seigel, Joseph Hugh Thomas Professor of Music at BSC, the choir has made appearances in Europe, and at regional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association.  The Concert Choir also periodically performs major works with members of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. The choir has issued several CD recordings of music for the holiday season, featuring selections from the annual Carol Service.

In 2007, the choir toured in the Czech Republic and Austria, performing in several distinguished locales, including a command performance for the U.S. Embassy in Prague at the historic Clam-Gallas Palace.

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