The Northwest Nazarene University Crusader Choir will depart from Boise on May 7 for a two-week tour of Ireland and England. The choir will present its entire tour concert on Friday evening, May 4, at 8 p.m. in the NNU Little Theatre.
The concert will feature a wide variety of music reflecting the choir’s variation of venues. Traditional choral literature will include “If You Love Me Keep My Commandments” by Thomas Tallis and “Clap Your Hands,” a Psalm 47 text setting by Rene Clausen. Music of Celtic heritage will include the Irish hymn and tune “Be Thou My Vision” arranged by John Lanier, an acapella setting of the prayer “Christ be in My Head” by Philip Stopford, and “A Gaelic Blessing,” by John Rutter. The program will also include an entertaining choral setting of the William Tell Overture, a rhythmic tango entitled “Otono Porteno,”and the South African freedom song “Tshotsholoza.” A variety of gospel and contemporary Christian songs and spirituals will round out the program.
According to Dr. Barry Swanson, director of the choir and chairman of the NNU Music Department, the choir will spend half of the tour in Ireland and half in England. Flying into Dublin, they will hold concerts at the Christ Church Cathedral, Church of the Nazarene and Holy Rosary Catholic Church, as well as several shopping centers, nursing homes and hospitals.
Traveling to Northern Ireland, the group will spend four days in the Belfast area where they will perform three concerts and spend a day in a community service project in the Belfast suburb of Bangor. While in Belfast they will tour the newly opened Titanic Experience museum, located in the docklands area where the Titanic was built.
Concerts in England will include a cathedral concert at York Minster, churches in Bolton and Sheffield, and a shared concert with the Earls Barton Community Choir in the village’s 500-year-old village church, celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of the reign of Queen Elizabeth. Three days as tourists in London will cap the tour.
Swanson stated that this will be the 17th European choir tour since Dr. Marvin Bloomquist directed his first tour to England and Germany in 1971.
The send-off concert is the final concert of the year for the choir. A $5 donation is requested at the door or through NNU’s Department of Music, 467-8413.