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Jace Saplan conducts the Hamilton College Choir in Wellin Hall.

Members of Hamilton's choir and College Hill Singers are about to undertake their first spring break tour under new director of choral activities and vocal studies Jace Saplan.

Performing a program titled “Out of the Void and into the Darkness,” the choir will make stops in Boston, Fairfield, Conn., Philadelphia, and New York City.  According to Saplan, the program is “a musical exploration of pieces that speak to the journey of overcoming obstacles and enduring hardship, all while embracing the beauty of life’s surroundings.” This concert will feature Brahms’ robust Zigeunerlider, Mozart’s triumphant Te Deum, and innovative works from the Philippines, India, and Hawai’i.

Saplan was appointed choir director in 2017 after the retirement of long-time director G. Roberts Kolb, who served in the position from 1981 to 2017.

In a new addition this year, choir members will also perform community service at two stops on the tour.  At the Adam Lewis '87 Preschool in Connecticut, they will have a choral community exchange, where students from both institutions will perform with each other, rehearse together, and create a collaborative space through music and community. 

In New York City, they will do “Sing and Service” on Friday, March 16, at 3 p.m., in Central Park, Diana Ross Playground (West Side at 81st Street). This will involve an informal audience sing-a-long, followed by snacks and a community service activity.

The tour schedule is as follows and all performances are free and open to the public:

Boston - Sunday, March 11, 3 p.m.

Old South Church 
645 Boylston St.
Boston, Mass. 

Fairfield - Monday, March 12, 7:30 p. m.

Sacred Heart University
5151 Park Ave
Fairfield, Conn. 

Philadelphia - Tuesday, March 13, 7:30 p.m.

 The Church of the Holy Trinity at Rittenhouse Square
 1904 Walnut St.
 Philadelphia, Pa. 

New York City - Thursday, March 15, 7:30 p.m.

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