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Appalachian Choirs Take Audience Around the World

chamber.jpgBOONE–Take a trip around the world and never leave your seat when the Appalachian State University Chamber Singers and University Singers present “Around the World with ASU.”

The vocal program will be presented in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall Tuesday, April 24, at 8 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited.

This concert will feature pieces from most of the countries with which the university has international exchange programs. Dr. Stephen Hopkins, director of choral activities in the School of Music, used a listing of Appalachian’s international partners as his programming guide. “I have tried to select pieces that reflect what most people from these countries would recognize as their own music. Many of the selections sound like folk music and some actually quote folk melodies that would be well known to native listeners,” he said.

Countries included on this program are: Brazil, Australia, Japan, Mexico, Costa Rica, United Kingdom, France, Germany, China, Spain, Finland, Russia, Poland, Ecuador and Ireland.

The University Singers is an auditioned group of 55 singers. The Chamber Singers is a select group of 24 singers.

Both groups are open to all students regardless of their major. Both groups have performed across the state and have represented the university at the North Carolina Music Educators Association’s state conference in Winston-Salem.

They recently performed at the North Carolina American Choral Directors Association Intercollegiate Choral Festival at Campbell University.