Muskingum U groups to sing at church

PARKERSBURG — The Muskingum University Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble will present their 2018 touring program, “An American Portrait,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church, 1341 Juliana St.

The program features music by Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and Randall Thompson, a selection of African-American spirituals, and musical tributes to John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.

At the conclusion of the concert, the musicians join forces to lead the audience in stirring renditions of “America, the Beautiful” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

Muskingum University is a four-year liberal arts institution in southeastern Ohio affiliated with The Presbyterian Church (USA). The 56-voice Concert Choir is the university’sprimary choral ensemble, under the direction of Zebulon M. Highben.

The 48-piece Muskingum Wind Ensemble is the primary concert band, under the direction of David A. Turrill.

Both ensembles maintain an active schedule of touring, recording, and commissioning and premiering new works. Recent tour highlights include performances at Washington National Cathedral, Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, the Gettysburg National Museum and Visitors Center, and the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.

Admission is free to Thursday’s concert in Parkersburg, though a free-will offering will be collected to help offset the ensembles’ expenses.