by Public Relations Office
Cedarville, Ohio-On Thursday, Jan. 26, two choral masterpieces will be presented by the combined choral groups at Cedarville University. Commemorating the 250th anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart`s birth, his Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K339 (Solemn Vespers for a Confessor) will be the first work on the program. Soloists include assistant professors of vocal music, soprano Beth Cram Porter and tenor Dr. Taylor Ferranti; associate professor of vocal music, baritone Dr. Mark Spencer, and mezzo-soprano Laura Ferranti, adjunct professor of music at Cedarville University. Poulenc`s Gloria takes center stage for the second half of the program. Beth Cram Porter will be the soprano soloist. Guest conductor will be Dr. David Stevens from Austin, Texas. Stevens, an accomplished tenor soloist and choral conductor, has conducted groups that include the Austin Symphony, the Austin Civic Chorus, The Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble, the Orchestra of St. David's, the Mid-Texas Symphony and Chorus, and the Texas Bach Choir. He is currently the director of music at St. David's Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas. Stevens has worked with the late Robert Shaw, singing in several Carnegie Hall events with Shaw, and has recorded with The Robert Shaw Festival Singers for Telarc Records. He is also a member of the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus conducted by Helmuth Rilling. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Jeremiah Chapel of the University`s Dixon Ministry Center. Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information, call 937-766-7728.