Great American music getting Terra treatment

The Terra Choral Society is celebrating America’s great music at concerts Friday through Sunday at three venues.

The singers will be joined by the Terra Chamber Strings Ensemble, under the direction of Barbara Ziebold, and flutist Tamara Kagy in a concert that pays tribute to the great choral

composers and styles of America’s “classical” music.

The program includes works by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Randall Thompson, Moses Hogan and more.

“In 90 minutes, concertgoers will go from experiencing the traditional sounds of European and African cultures, and how those two elements came together to create the unique sound of American music,” said Michael Shirtz, conductor of the Terra Choral Society. “This is not a concert of patriotic music, but music by American composers and music that tells the great story of the American dream.”

The Terra Choral Society originated as a campus chorus in 2000 with 20 community members and students.

Growing along with the college’s music programs, the chorus became the Terra Choral Society in 2006. Today, the group serves as the community/student chorus-in-residence at Terra State and is comprised of more than 130 student and community singers.

“An American Landscape” is to be performed at the following locations:

7:30 p.m. Friday, St. Joseph Catholic Church, 709 Croghan St., Fremont.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, St. Mary Catholic Church, 429 Central Ave., Sandusky.

4 p.m. Sunday, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 231 E. Center St., Bellevue.

The concerts are free.