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Kent State Orchestra and choirs end season with Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass

Posted Apr. 22, 2014

Kent, Ohio – The Kent State University Hugh A. Glauser School of Music Orchestra will close its 2013-2014 season with a performance that includes the Kent Chorus, Kent State Chorale, and regional campus choirs Kent State Stark Chorale and Kent State Salem Community Chorus on Sunday, Apr. 27 at 7:30 p.m., in the University Auditorium at Cartwright Hall. Cartwright Hall is located at 650 Hilltop Drive, with free parking located off of Terrace Drive.

The concert will begin with a performance of Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage by Felix Mendelssohn conducted by Charles Latshaw, Director of the Kent State University Orchestra. The second and final piece of the concert features a collaboration between the Kent State Orchestra and Choirs presenting a single performance of Franz Joseph Haydn’s magnificent Lord Nelson Mass conducted by Scott MacPherson, Director of Choral Activities at Kent State University.

The Lord Nelson Mass remains one of the most important mass settings in the classical repertoire. The combined choirs will number well over 150 singers and the orchestra will include 44 musicians. This large group promises to deliver a powerful experience for the audience. “We will present the version with woodwinds substituting for the original organ part,” said MacPherson. “Professor Lara Troyer will sing the extensive soprano solo role.  Other soloists include Denise Howell, mezzo soprano; John David Nevergall, tenor; and, Brian Keith Johnson, bass baritone.”

When asked about the relationship between both works featured in the concert, Latshaw replied “Lord Nelson was actually Vice Admiral in the British Navy.  Mendelssohn, having spent a great deal of time in the seas around Great Britain, was writing about the same sort of ocean in which Nelson sailed his whole career.”

This concert will include moments of intimate intensity as well as beautifully shaped phrasing and dynamics by the orchestra, choruses and a vocal quartet.

Tickets for the performance are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and Kent State University faculty and staff, $10 for groups of 10 or more patrons, $8 for non Kent State students, $5 for children and free for full-time Kent Campus undergraduate students.

Tickets are available weekdays 12 to 5 p.m. at the Performing Arts Box Office, located in the lobby of the Roe Green Center in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive on the campus of Kent State University. The Performing Arts Box Office accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover, in addition to cash and checks.

The Cartwright Hall box office will open one hour prior to the performance for walk up sales, and will accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Tickets and more information are available by calling 330-672-ARTS (2787) or visiting