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Wingate University Chamber Choir performs St. John Passion in Charlotte area

3/19/2012
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Wingate University Chamber Choir
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Kim Williams (704) 233-8320
Communications Writer
k.williams@wingate.edu

Wingate, NC –The Wingate University Chamber Choir under the direction of Dr. Kenney Potter will hold two Charlotte area performances of St. John Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach. The first performance will be on Friday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Myers Park Presbyterian Church near uptown Charlotte. The second performance will be on Saturday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church in Monroe.

The Chamber Choir will be joined by Dr. Christopher Aspaas from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., who will sing the role of the Evangelist. The performances are free to the public.

Through regional concert tours, local and statewide engagements, the Wingate University choirs are rapidly gaining recognition for excellence throughout the southeastern United States. With four choirs available to music majors and non-majors, every student at Wingate is offered a place to sing and is encouraged to make music performance a vital part of their undergraduate liberal arts education. This singing experience is rooted in a varied repertoire that represents Western and non-western musical traditions, American sacred music, gospel and spirituals, folk songs and hymns.

Recent performance opportunities include Duruflè’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s Magnificat. This May, the choirs will travel to the Baltic countries of Estonia and Latvia. Participation in University Singers, Chamber Choir, Women’s Choir, and Men’s Choir encourages the students to engage vocally, mentally, emotionally and spiritually as they practice and perform. In turn, the singers strive to inspire and engage their listeners’ minds, souls, and spirits through informed, artistic performance.

About Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 2,500 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past five years. For more information, go to www.wingate.edu.