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Choral Union to Present “Gratias”

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The Lee University Choral Union will present “Gratias: Songs of Thanksgiving” on Thursday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Pangle Hall, located on the corner of Central and Church streets in downtown Cleveland.

This performance, directed by Dr. Cameron Weatherford, will feature pieces by J.S. Bach, Michael Barrett, William Byrd, Dan Forrest, Moses Hogan, and Gustav Holst, among others. These pieces will be accompanied by various Lee student instrumentalists.

“Given all the last two years has brought to all of us, I found myself wanting to put together a program of gratitude and hope,” said Weatherford, assistant professor of choral music. “These singers have worked tirelessly to not only perform at a high musical level, but also emotionally connect to this theme. I am sure it will be a special night of music and thanksgiving.”

Lee University Choral Union is a unique blend of Lee music and non-music majors and is open to all interested in singing with no auditions required. The group performs choral music and major masterworks for mixed chorus and orchestra, including works such as Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms,” Handel’s “Messiah,” Honegger’s “King David,” and Poulenc’s “Gloria.”

Weatherford joined the full-time School of Music faculty in 2021. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music and conducting Choral Union, Weatherford directs Lee’s Men’s Chorus. Prior to Lee, he received first place in the National American Choral Directors Association graduate conducting competition held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and in 2016, he won the Louisiana Young Music Educator Award.

This non-ticketed event is free and open to the public. Livestream viewing is available at leeu.live.

For more information, contact the School of Music at (423) 614-8240 or music@leeuniversity.edu.

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