On Monday, February 3, the University of Dubuque will host the first annual Adrian Choral Festival. The festival will feature the world-renowned King’s Singers in a master class with area high school students and the UD Concert Choir, followed by a performance in Heritage Center’s stunning John and Alice Butler Hall.
Participants in the festival include the most outstanding student-singers from Dubuque area high schools. Schools participating in the Adrian Festival are: Bellevue High School, Cascade High School, Dubuque Senior High School, Hempstead High School, Marquette High School, Potosi High School, Southwestern High School, and Western Dubuque High School.
Students were nominated by their choral directors and will attend a full day of events on the University of Dubuque campus. The Adrian Festival Choir will perform two pieces with the University of Dubuque Concert choir, Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel) by Billy Joel, arranged by Philip Lawson, and Ev’rytime I Feel the Spirit arranged by William L. Dawson. This performance will be part of the Live at Heritage Center - King’s Singers evening concert.
“It is an honor to host an outstanding choral ensemble like the King’s Singers on campus,” commented Dr. Charles Barland, head of the Fine and Performing Arts Department. “The experience is enriched exponentially by the opportunity for high school and college students to have the chance to participate in a master class with these outstanding performers. An event like this underscores the importance of Heritage Center to the University’s academic arts program.”
The Adrian Choral Festival is named to honor the University’s founder, Adrian Van Vliet.