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Central College A Cappella Choir goes on tour

May 2, 2014

The Central College A Cappella Choir will depart May 19 for an East Coast tour. The choir will perform at various locations in Iowa, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts. The choir has been preparing a variety of repertoire ranging from 19th-century to contemporary choral compositions and Brazilian and American folksongs.

Before departing, the choir will perform at 4 p.m. May 11 at Second Reformed Church in Pella.

“Performing music in different venues for different audiences in a condensed schedule raises the performance level and artistic vision of students,” said Mark Babcock, director of the A Cappella Choir. “Touring builds teamwork, a stronger sense of citizenship, community and shared purpose.”

The concert venues will include churches and schools. Invitations for this tour came from Central College alumni who have settled on the East Coast. Babcock said, “Alumni are some of the best supporters of our tours. They help organize and host concerts. In addition, alumni are some of our best concert attendees.”

One of the selections the choir has been working on this semester is “Lullaby” by Daniel Elder. Elder will be present when the choir performs in Bedminster, New Jersey. Graduating members of the A Cappella Choir will be recognized at this concert. Admission for performances is free and open to the public.

Tour Schedule:

4 p.m. May 11—Second Reformed Church, 612 Broadway, Pella, Iowa

1 p.m. May 19—Davenport West High School, 3505 W Locust St., Davenport, Iowa

7:30 p.m. May 19—First Lutheran Church, 1230 5th Ave., Moline, Ill.

8:30 a.m. May 20—Bettendorf High School, 3333 18th St., Bettendorf, Iowa

12 noon May 21—Princeton Theological Seminary, Miller Chapel, 64 Mercer St., Princeton, N.J.

7:30 p.m. May 21—Lamington Presbyterian Church, 355 Lamington Rd., Bedminster, N.J.

2:30 p.m. May 22—Far Hills Country Day School, 697 Mine Brook Rd./Route 202, Far Hills, N.J.

7:30 p.m. May 22—Ponds Reformed Church, 341 Ramapo Valley Rd., Oakland, N.J.

7:30 p.m. May 23—First Reformed Church, 8 N Church St., Schenectady, N.Y.

11 a.m. May 25—Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City, 1047 Amsterdam Ave., New York, N.Y.

7:30 p.m. May 27—Attleboro Evangelical Covenant Church, 841 North Main St., Attleboro, Mass.