Vocalists invited to join mass choir for masterworks performance

Masterworks concert 2018

Area singers are invited to join Hesston College choirs to sing in the annual masterwork performance featuring “Song of Wisdom from Old Turtle” by Joseph Martin on Saturday, Nov. 16. Rehearsals start Thursday, Oct. 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hesston Mennonite Church.

“The masterworks performance is a great tradition that brings together college students and community members along with an orchestra to present wonderful works of artistry every year,” said Russell Adrian, Hesston College music professor who will direct the program. “I am excited this year that we will have a formal concert as well as a family program geared towards kids.”

Based on the children’s book by Douglas Wood, “Song of Wisdom” combines narration and music as it illustrates a story of a disagreement between God’s creation about the nature of God. Mountains, rivers, stars, ants, lions and bears break into argument until the wise Old Turtle brings a new perspective, stating, “God is all that we dream of, and all that we seek…all that we come from and all that we can find.”

Once humans inhabit the earth, they also begin quarreling and lose sight of God. It is then up to all of creation to show them God’s presence.

All chorus members are requested to give a $20 donation to cover the cost of music.

See more information, including a rehearsal and performance schedule. Questions may be directed to Adrian at russell.adrian@hesston.edu or 620-327-8143.