The Hamilton College Choir is on the road for its annual spring break tour, this year visiting cities in the Midwest. The 64-members are directed by G. Roberts Kolb, professor of music and director of choral music at Hamilton since 1981. The choir will perform in Chicago on March 12; Plymouth, Minn., on March 13; Evanston, Ill., on March 14; and Cleveland on March 16. The annual home concert is scheduled for Friday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Wellin Hall.
The program for Hamilton’s March 2012 tour is a varied one that includes Renaissance motets and madrigals by Morley, Gesualdo and Handl; 19th-century motets by Meyerbeer, Bruckner and Horatio Parker; Maurice Ravel’s Three Chansons; madrigals by the living American composer Morton Lauridsen; two anthems by the early American composer William Billings; a selection of American folk songs; and a group of popular songs.
The Hamilton College Choir boasts an uninterrupted tradition of fine choral singing that dates back for over a century. The group kicked off the tour with performances in Buffalo, N.Y., and Columbus, Ohio. Students on the tour are hosted by Hamilton alumni and parents.