HPU Choir performs in Austria for the Beethoven Choral Festival
HIGH POINT, North Carolina, June 29, 2022 – Nearly 30 High Point University student choirs recently returned from their HPU Choir tour across Europe this summer.
HPU’s Dr. Marc Foster, Director of Choral Activities, conducted the choirs and professional orchestra for Ludwig van Beethoven’s 252nd birthday celebration concert. HPU students joined an international choir on June 15 to perform Beethoven’s works at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria, as part of the Beethoven Choral Festival.
“As a music scholar, I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to perform in such historic spaces alongside some of the finest performers and people,” said Sherrills Ford sophomore Emma Longboat. , North Carolina. “Each performance had something special, and I was blessed to see the fruits of our labor blossom thousands of miles from High Point University’s Hayworth Center for Fine Arts. This trip was unlike any other I’ve had, and I can only hope I get the chance to be part of another trip like this.”
Dr Foster shared that the Beethoven Festival Choir performed selected pieces written by Beethoven, including Missa Solemnis’ “Kyrie”, “Hallelujah” from Christ on the Mount of Olives and the world premiere of a work inspired by Beethoven by composer Richard Waters called it “Jubilate Deo.”
“I love that HPU provides such life-changing opportunities for our students and empowers them to be contributing members of a global community,” Foster said. “It was a huge honor to be the star conductor and artistic director of the Beethoven Choral Festival in Vienna, Austria, and to have the opportunity to have 25 of our HPU choral students sing as part of the choir of the festival with other choirs from all over the world.”
The band also traveled and played in Prague, Czech Republic, as well as in Vienna during Sunday mass at Karlskirche church.
The concert concluded with an a cappella work by John Rutter entitled “A Ukrainian Prayer” to pay homage to Ukrainian refugees.