Join the Terra Choral Society as it presents "A Choral Celebration" and experience three centuries of choral favorites in 60 minutes. The concert is to be given at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Port Clinton Performing Arts Center, 821 Jefferson St., Port Clinton. A second performance is at 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 709 Croghan St., Fremont. Both concerts are free.
From baroque to gospel, the program includes selections by composers such as Handel, Verdi, Bruckner and Moses Hogan, as well timeless songs such as "O Danny Boy," "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" and "This Little Light of Mine." Vocal faculty instructor Joan Eckermann (soprano) is to be the soloist for "Easter Scene and Prayer" from the opera "Cavalleria Rusticana" and again on the classic spiritual "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel." The singers are directed by Michael Shirtz and accompanied by Jane Beckley.
The Terra Choral Society originated as a small campus chorus in 2000 with 20 community members and students. Growing along with the college's music programs, the chorus officially became the Terra Choral Society in 2006. Today it is a non-profit performance ensemble that serves as the community/student chorus-in-residence at Terra State Community College.
Comprised of more than 100 student and community singers across five counties in northwest Ohio, membership ranges from high school students to adults. The choral society often is accompanied by the college's Chamber Arts Orchestra and collaborates annually in performances with regional arts organizations and schools. In May, the society is to perform at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as part of the nation's Memorial Day Choral Festival.