Mansfield Symphony Chorus To Hold Spring Concert In April

Mansfield Symphony Chorus To Hold Spring Concert In April

  • 3/22/2017 3:04:50 PM
  • Sartaj Aujla
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MANSFIELD, OH - In its first season under the direction of Larry Griffin, the Mansfield Symphony Chorus will present its inaugural spring choral concert, titled “Sing into Spring,” on April 30, 2017 at 2:30 PM at First Congregational Church.

This concert will celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the chorus since well-known local choral conductor Dr. Richard Wink founded it; Dr. Wink will conduct a piece on the concert.

The robust program will feature pieces by Mozart, Haydn, Berkey, Allaway, Martin, Johnson, culminated with a performance of Haydn’s Theresienmesse in Bflat. Four soloists will be featured throughout the concert: Keyonna Willis, soprano; Sarah Rhorer, alto; Andre Blosser, tenor; and Jeff MacMullen, bass. The fifty-member chorus will be accompanied by a dozen live instrumentalists including symphonic strings and African drummers.

Steve Taylor the Operations Manager for the Mansfield Symphony stated, “The Chorus Committee had talked about offering a spring choral concert for years, the idea coming from previous directors Deb Logan and Dirk Eachus. When Larry came on board last May, he was thrilled with the idea of a ‘stand-alone’ choral concert, and has planned an exciting program.”

Tickets are not required for this event, instead a suggested donation of $10 will be taken at the door. This concert is a part of the OhioHealth Symphony Series and presented by Jay Industries, with additional support from the Ohio Arts Council and the Sterkel Fund. More information available at MansfieldTickets.com.

About Larry Griffin:

In addition to directing the Mansfield Symphony Chorus, Larry Griffin is the founder and artistic director of Capriccio Columbus, an 80-voice community choir celebrating its 11th anniversary this year; the group travels to Carnegie Hall in April under the direction of Stacey V. Gibbs to perform. Capriccio Columbus performs throughout the Central Ohio area alone and with regional orchestras, including the Mansfield Symphony, the Central Ohio Symphony, and the Westerville Symphony. Larry holds a Master of Music degree from The Ohio State University where he studied conducting with Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Eastern Kentucky University, and has done graduate work at Ohio State and Wright State Universities.

Larry recently retired from Worthington Schools in Columbus, Ohio, where he had served as Director of Choral Music at Worthington Kilbourne High School since its opening in 1991. He has also been director of Vaud-Villities (2001-2003). In the fall of 2016, he will begin his tenure as the director of the men’s chorus at St. Charles Preparatory School in Bexley, Ohio.

He is active in the Ohio Music Educators Association, having served as president of District 16, and annually participates in OMEA events as an adjudicator, director of honors choir festivals, and clinician. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra recognized Larry for his skills in choral conducting and teaching by presenting him with the 2005 Secondary School Music Educator Award.

He has two children with his late wife, Jane: Calvin, 27, a professional opera singer with the Florida Grand Opera and Glimmerglass Festival, and Emma, 21, a college sophomore, studying psychology at Wright State University. Larry was recently married to Ellen Moore, the director of a non-profit crime prevention agency in Columbus, Ohio. They live in northwest Columbus, Ohio.

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