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Knox College Choir Tour 2018 Concert Schedule


Concert Schedule

February 25, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
First Lutheran Church
364 E Water St, Galesburg, IL 61401
Send-off Concert

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Faith United Church of Christ
6886 Salem Road, Cincinnati, OH 45230

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Leroy and Louis Music Center
Washington Adventist University
7711 Greenwood Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912

Friday, March 16, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Bethany Christian Church
7128 Allentown Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744

Saturday, March 17, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Epworth United Methodist Church
9008 Rosemont Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Sunday, March 18, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
St. Peter’s United Church of Christ
3106 E. Carmel Dr., Carmel, IN 46033

Friday, March 23, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Kresge Recital Hall, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
Home Tour Concert

2018 ACDA Eastern Region Conference in Pittsburgh, PA

Diana will be presenting the following interest session at the ACDA Eastern Conference in Pittsburgh, PA on Friday, March 9th: “Crossing South of the Border: Expanding our Choral Repertoire” 
Our jobs as choral conductors and music educators is more relevant now than ever. In times when cultural walls are being built around us we must do our best to help tear them down with love and understanding. When presenting music from other cultures to our singers, we have a responsibility to avoid stereotyping. To avoid stereotyping, conductors need to acquire a deeper understanding of the music beyond the musical notation. It is important to understand the circumstances in which it was created, for whom it was created and for what purpose.
Just like the birds, music migrates from place to place picking up elements from different continents and cultures. This session is for choral conductors who want to cross borders and expand their repertoire. Participants will learn about the interconnectedness between music from a Latin American point of view. How do we define Latin American music? How can we move beyond the Spanish – English binary view of the U.S.A.’s relationship to Latin America? How is it that a chant created in Cuba is performed in Yoruba, a language from Nigeria?To better understand the diversity and complexity of Latin American music we will explore the concept of ‘tranculturation’, a term proposed by Fernando Ortiz, a Cuban ethnologist, in 1947 to describe the process of converging cultures. Transculturation “refers to the encounter between or among cultures in which each culture acquires or adapts elements of the other(s) or in which new cultural elements are created.”

In addition to learning about the history of the music, participants will get a chance to sight read music from different styles, composers and historical periods. Conductors will come out encouraged to build new bridges of understanding between imposed borders.

For details, visit the ACDA Conference website.