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Muskingum University’s premier ensembles in Coshocton concert

| February 16, 2018

COSHOCTON – Muskingum University’s Concert Choir, conducted by Dr. Zebulon M. Highben, and Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. David A. Turrill, will perform their tour concert, “An American Portrait,” on Sunday, Feb. 25 at The Presbyterian Church, N. Fourth and Chestnut Streets in Coshocton. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The week tour will take the two ensembles to Parkersburg, West Virginia; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina; and conclude in Cambridge, Ohio.

Their Coshocton concert will be part of The Presbyterian Church’s 200th anniversary celebration.

The church’s assembly room, where the Wind Ensemble will perform on the 25th, is the room where the Coshocton Community Orchestra rehearsed in the 1930’s and ‘40’s, and some of the symphony’s concerts were in the adjoining sanctuary, where the Muskingum Choir will perform.  The two ensembles will join forces to lead the audience in singing arrangements of “America, the Beautiful” and the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

Wind Ensemble repertoire will include Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man;” “Elegy for a Young American,” written as a memorial to John F. Kennedy; John Philip Sousa’s “Semper Fidelis;” and John Williams’ “Star Wars – The Force Awakens.”  The Concert Choir’s portion of the program will include excerpts from Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass;” Randall Thompson’s “The Last Words of David;” Lloyd Pfautsch’s “I Thank You God;” and Moses Hogan’s arrangement of the spiritual, “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord.”

Local members of the ensembles include Elizabeth Allen, Michael Belt, Michael Border, Alexander Canales, David A. Esselburn, Bryce Hains, Everett Hall, Jacob Heading, Hunter Holdsworth, Nikolas Leasure, Connor Wheeler, and accompanist Caroline S. Heading.  Other Muskingum musicians who have a Coshocton connection include Alex Clark, Robert Hartman, Levi Masters, Donald Purkey, Cora Willis, and Austin Young, all of whom sing with the Coshocton Community Choir.

Admission is free, though an offering will be received to offset the groups’ travel expenses.  Ample parking is available at the church and in the adjoining city lots.

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