Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus to Give Benefit Concert

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio—The Kiev (Ukraine) Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (KSOC) will be in concert on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Jeremiah Chapel of the Dixon Ministry Center on the Cedarville campus. All proceeds will benefit the Xenia Educational Endowment Fund (XEEF). KSOC was founded in 1992 by former Xenia residents Roger and Diane McMurrin, who wanted to share the sacred classical music of the West —music formerly suppressed during the Communist Era — with the people of Ukraine. The only private orchestra and chorus in Ukraine, KSOC has premiered more than 60 great Christian masterpieces in Kiev and given more than 120 concerts, some of which have been broadcast nationwide in Ukraine. They have produced 14 recordings. KSOC is the only professional chorus and orchestra of its size touring the world. This is the group`s sixth tour of the U.S., which has included concerts at Carnegie Hall and many churches, colleges, and universities throughout the U.S. (This is KSOC`s fourth performance at Cedarville University.) While on tour, the group performs Slovic masterpieces, Ukrainian folk music, and American classics under the direction of Roger McMurrin. Prior to founding KSOC, Roger McMurrin served as music director at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. In addition, he has taught music at Xenia High School and Otterbein College. More information about KSOC and the McMurrins is available at The XEEF, which will benefit from the concert, was designed to assist the Xenia City School system in achieving the highest standards of education for the community. This not-for-profit, endowed fund provides enhanced continuing education for teachers, educational enrichment activities for students, and exemplary equipment and materials to enhance classroom learning, among many other opportunities. Tickets are $8. For more information, call the University Information Desk at 937-766-4491. -30-