At the invitation of Polish conductor Mariusz Smolij, the Chorale will perform two concerts of American music with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra, in Toruń, Poland for the International Summer Festival “Music and Architecture.” A concert version of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and Hailstork’s Four Spirituals for Two Sopranos and Choirare two of the works that are programmed for these concerts.
The orchestra has gained a firm standing among many other cultural institutions in Torun. The significant achievements is the International Summer Festival ‘Music and Architecture’ wich gather large audiences in the historic interiors. Another aspect of our activities is the musical education for children and youth.TOS is located in The Cultural and Congress Centre Jordanki.
Department of Music faculty who will travel and perform with the Chorale are Dr. John L. Cornelius II, composer and pianist; and voice faculty Leon Turner, bass-baritone; and Jolie Rocke Brown, soprano. Music Department alumna Audra Scott, soprano, will perform as a guest soloist. In addition to the performances with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra, the Chorale will present concerts in Berlin, Germany, and in the Toruń-Bygdoski region in Poland. Also featured is a recital performed by bass-baritone Mr. Leon P. Turner and pianist Dr. Danny R. Kelley, Dean of the Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences. The Chorale’s tour will end with a visit to Warsaw, the capital city of Poland.