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Wittenberg Choir Wraps Up 2010 Spring Tour With Annual Home Concert March 19

March 12, 2010  
 Filed in Arts Scene, Events

Wittenberg Choir

The Wittenberg Choir performs for a final time under the direction of Professor of Music Don Busarow on Friday, March 19.

Springfield, Ohio – The world-renowned Wittenberg Choir will put the wraps on its 2010 Spring Tour with its annual home concert at 8 p.m. Friday, March 19, in historic Weaver Chapel. The concert caps a 15-concert tour that includes performances in six states over a two-week period.

Appointed in 1982, Professor of Music Donald Busarow is the choir’s fourth director in its illustrious 80-year history. A member of Wittenberg’s faculty since 1975, this is Busarow’s “farewell concert” as he will be retiring as director of the choir after 28 seasons. A reception in his honor will be held following the choir’s home concert.

For the past 10 years Busarow has programmed works from the Russian Orthodox Church. His father was born in Lithuania, and his mother was born in Russia. As a first-generation American, Busarow is deeply interested in music that represents his heritage, and two such works are included in this year’s program.

“Our programs are unique, in my opinion,” Busarow said. “I look for some music that will reach everyone in the audience at some point in the concert.”

Of the 40 current choir members, 10 seniors have been with the choir throughout their four years at Wittenberg, which Busarow said is a remarkable achievement. Earning a position in the choir for one year is no guarantee of a permanent place. Annual auditions take place, and members are selected on the basis of voice quality, vocal range and music skills. Every academic department on campus is represented in the choir. Just 12 members are music majors.

The choir has performed throughout the United States and has even traveled internationally in the past. Busarow takes pride in rigorous preparations that allow the choir to perform at its very best, as it did in November 2007 at historic Severance Hall in Cleveland. In its history, the Wittenberg Choir has earned positive reviews from critics across the United States and in Canada, Latin America, Europe and Russia.

Written By: Ryan Maurer
Photo By: Erin Pence

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