IUP Community Music School Choir Concerts This Weekend

Posted on 5/14/2019 12:29:05 PM

IUP Community Music SchoolThe IUP Community Music School’s Crimson Youth Choir will present an end-of-semester concert at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 17, in Gorell Recital Hall, and the Indiana Community Choir will present their final concert of the semester at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, also in Gorell.

The CYC performance will feature several traditional-style choral selections on the first half of the program. The second half will be a performance of the 2017 winner of the Children's Musical Theatre Festival in NYC, Giants in the Sky, a new children's musical that is being presented through a special arrangement with Beat by Beat Press.

Kye-Won KopkoWith music and lyrics by Denver Casado, and book and lyrics by Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm, this magical story explores the world of Giants who live above the clouds. Ever since they left Earth a long time ago, the Giants have made a life up above where their job is to keep the sky beautiful. They polish the stars, poke the clouds to let it rain and paint the sunsets. But there is one curious Giant who wonders what life is like on Earth, so she steals a key to the locked up “beanstalk” and embarks on an adventure down below!

The Crimson Youth Choir is under the direction of Kye-Won Kopko, a recent graduate of IUP with a master’s degree in choral conducting. Previous to coming to IUP, she lead an award-winning public school music program in Viirginia.

Jon Erik SchreiberUnder the direction of artistic director Jon Erik Schreiber, the Indiana Community Choir will present one of W.A. Mozart’s many great choral works, his “Requiem in D minor.” K 626.  Composed in Vienna at the end of Mozart's career in 1791, it was actually unfinished at the time of his death on December 5 of the same year. A completed version dated 1792 was done by Franz Xaver Sussmayr, although it is unclear to what extent Sussmayr depended upon Mozart’s drafts and sketches of later movements.

Jon Erik Schreiber is a teacher, singer and conductor with a background in vocal pedagogy, choral and solo song literature, and experience in musical theater, folk and popular styles. In addition to leading the Indiana Community Choir, Jon Erik serves the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh as associate conductor, teaches music and directs the Chorus at Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh, sings regularly as a section leader at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, and also maintains an independent studio of voice students. With over two decades of experience directing high school choirs, church and community choirs, Jon Erik is grateful for the rich and varied experiences leading and collaborating with all sorts of musicians: young and old, challenged and gifted, small groups and large.

Tickets are $5 rRegular; seniors and I-Card $3; children under 12 free, and are available cash/check only at the Lively Arts Ticket office in the Performing Arts center one week before the performance, or at the door, also cash/check only. For more information, call the Lively Arts at 724-357-2787, or email community-music@iup.edu.

The IUP Community Music School is funded in part by the College of Fine Arts through the Department of Music and the Lively Arts at IUP, IUP Dining, S&T Bank, and the generous gifts of Kay Smith, Ann Wilmoth, and additional individual donations.  The IUPCMS also receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Art, a federal agency.