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Gardner-Webb Concert Choir Presents Spring Tour, ‘pro Deo et Humanitate’

Two members of the concert choir sing in a performance last year in Dover Chapel.

Performances Planned Locally and in Gastonia, Raleigh and Winston-Salem, N.C.

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—The Gardner-Webb University Concert Choir presents its Spring Tour, “pro Deo et Humanitate (For God and Humanity),” on March 10 at 8 p.m. in Dover Chapel. The event is free and open to the public. Additionally, the 19-member choir will present a preview concert on Sunday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Shelby, N.C.

Conductor Joshua Cheney is assistant professor of music, director of Choral Activities and coordinator of Worship Leadership at Gardner-Webb. He describes how the music in each section relates to the theme of the program: “The repertoire deals with the experiences of disenfranchised peoples, the impact of the Gospel on oppressors and apathetic hearts, and concludes with an apologetic for Christian action in the world.”

The selections in each section include:

  • Voices of the Disenfranchised
    • Listen to the Lambs, R. Nathaniel Dett.
    • Can I See Another’s Woe?, Jane Marshall.
    • Yo sé, Crystal Birdsong.
    • Molytva za Ukrayinu, Mykola Lysenko.
  • Paul on the Damascus Road
    • The Conversion of Saul, Z. Randall Stroope.
    • A New Heart, Melissa Dunphy.
    • Ain’t Got Time to Die, Hall Johnson.
  • An Apologetic for Christian Action
    • As it is in Heaven, Dale Trumbore.
    • pro Deo et Humanitate, Bruce Moser.
    • Precious Lord, Take My Hand, arr. Roy Ringwald.
  • Benediction
    • Benedicimus Deum caeli, James MacMillan.

The choir will perform all or portions of the program during its Spring Tour on the following dates:

  • March 11, 7:30 p.m., feature performance at First United Methodist Church of Gastonia, N.C.
  • March 13, 11 a.m., service leadership at First Baptist Church of Raleigh, N.C.
  • March 15, 6:30 p.m., joint performance with Glenn and R.J Reynolds high schools at First Baptist Church of Winston-Salem, N.C.

All performances are free. When the choir is away from campus, they will abide by COVID-19 requirements in place at each venue.

Auxiliary aids (for the March 10th event) will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 48 hours prior to the event. Please call (704) 406-4253 or email [email protected] with your request.

Gardner-Webb University is North Carolina’s recognized leader in private, Christian higher education. A Carnegie-Classified Doctoral/Professional University, GWU is home to six professional schools, 14 academic departments, more than 80 undergraduate and graduate majors, and a world-class faculty. Located on a beautiful 225-acre campus in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb prepares graduates to impact their chosen professions, equips them with the skills to advance the frontiers of knowledge, and inspires them to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of others. Ignite your future at Gardner-Webb.edu.

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