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April 23, 2010
University of Dubuque Choir to Tour Midwestern States and Gulf Coast

Members of the University of Dubuque's Concert Choir will perform concerts in six U.S. states - Iowa, Illinois, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and Kansas on an 11-day tour, beginning Monday, May 10.

The choir, under the direction of Dr. Charles Barland, will perform a variety of sacred and secular works including Psalms, Classic works, Spirituals, and Folk Songs. "We are very excited to travel as a choir within the Midwest and to the Gulf Coast," said Barland. "For many of our students, this will be their first trip to these locales. The choir is eager to share our music, meet new people, and see many wonderful sites."

The history of music at the University of Dubuque goes back to the early part of the twentieth century. As early as 1918, there was a co-ed choral music ensemble, a men's glee club, a band, and an orchestra. Beginning in the 1920s, the concert choir toured regularly. Concerts were performed in churches and in schools throughout the Midwest.

Today the University of Dubuque Choir is returning to its heritage - growing in numbers and expanding its performance schedule. This year, choir events included a joint performance with the University of Dubuque Seminary Choir at the annual Fall Convocation, Homecoming weekend performances, a fundraiser/dinner concert, UD's annual "Christmas on the Quad," a Hymn Festival, and a spring concert during the University's 2010 Arts Celebration.

The Concert Choir's spring tour schedule is as follows:

Monday, May 10, 7:00 p.m. - First Christian Church, Davenport, IA

Tuesday, May 11, 7:00 p.m. - First Presbyterian Church, Carbondale, IL

Wednesday, May 12, 7:00 p.m. - First Presbyterian Church, Greenwood, MS

Sunday, May 16, 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. - Parkway Presbyterian Church, Metairie, LA

Sunday, May 16, 7:00 p.m. - St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Beaumont, TX

Monday, May 17, 7:00 p.m. - First Presbyterian Church, Gainesville, TX

Tuesday, May 18, 7:00 p.m. - St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wichita, KS

Wednesday, May 19, 10:00 a.m. - Aldersgate Village (Retirement Community), Topeka, KS

Wednesday, May 19, 7:00 p.m. - First Presbyterian Church, Lawrence, KS

Thursday, May 20, 7:00 p.m. - St. Paul United Methodist Church, La Porte City, IA

All performances are free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be collected to help with the costs of the tour.