Concert Choir to perform at Kauffman Center

Story by Spencer Brown, Assistant News Editor

The Baker Concert Choir will perform at 7 p.m. on April 26 at Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

“I think this will be a lifelong memory for the students,” Director of Choirs Cathy Crispino said. “The entire journey is really very special because it is such a challenging piece of work.”

The choir will join the Village Chamber Choir from the Village Presbyterian Church and members of the Benedictine College Choir for the performance.

Freshman Bethany Warrick is looking forward to singing with the choir from Benedictine College.

“I don’t know much about their choir, but I think it will be fun to make music with another college that is small in size just like Baker,” Warrick said.

Associate Director of Music at Village Church Matthew Shepard will direct all three choirs for the evening.

While senior Zach Pryor is also looking forward to the performance with Benedictine College, he is most excited about working with Shepard.

“I think it is an awesome opportunity to work with someone who is really good at what they do,” Pryor said.

The group will sing the 38-minute cantata “Dona Nobis Pacem” by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

“We have been rehearsing all semester,” Crispino said. “It is wonderful to see the students take on a piece that really stretches them and helps them grow.”

Admission into the event is free; however, a limited number of tickets are available and are required for admission into the venue. Tickets can be claimed through the Kauffman Center’s website. Guests will also be able to contribute any donations toward the Dominican Republic Medical Partnership, an international mission of Village Church.

For those who are not able to make the event, an opportunity to hear the performance will be available when the choir joins the Baker University Community Choir at 7:30 p.m. on May 1 at the Baldwin First United Methodist Church.