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Ottawa, Kan. – Ottawa University is proud to announce the second annual Concert of the DeFries Society for the Performing Arts, to be held Sunday, April 17, at 4:30 p.m. at Fredrikson Chapel on the Ottawa University campus. The concert is free and open to the public.
This year’s concert will feature the Ottawa University Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Dong-Hyn Son, director of choral studies. Joining the OU Concert Choir will be The Korean Choir of the Greater Kansas City. Joo-Haw Lee, an accomplished pianist and musician, will be the concert accompanist.
Selections that will be performed during the concert are:
University Concert Choir
“Esto Les Digo” – Kinley Lange (b. 1950)
“Tanzen und Springen” – Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612)
“Sing a New Song” – Ronald Staheli (b. 1947)
“Where Your Bare Foot Walks” – David N. Childs (b. 1969)
“City Called Heaven” – Arr. Josephine Poelinitz (b. 1942)
“True Light” – Keith Hampton
Women’s Choir – Joel Steelman, Student Conductor
“Precious Lord Take My Hand” – arr. John Leavitt (b. 1956)
Men’s Choir – Melissa King, Student Conductor
“The Seal Lullaby” – Eric Whitacre (b. 1970)
Korean Choir of the Greater Kansas City
“Holy, Holy, Holy” – Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
“예수 내 구주” (Jesus, My Savior) – 정운용Oon-Yong Jeong
“주 사랑 끊을 자 없네” (Nothing Can Separate Us) – Mark Hayes (b. 1953)
“Sleep” – Eric Whitacre (b. 1970)
Ottawa University Concert Choir & Korean Choir of the Greater Kansas City
“아리랑” (Arirang) – Arr. 김기 영Kee-Young Kim
“The Lord Bless You and Keep You” – Peter C. Lutkin (1858-1931)
As is the time-honored custom at Ottawa University, alumni of the University Concert Choir are invited to come to state and join the choir for the performing of “The Lord Bless You and Keep You.”
The DeFries Society for the Performing Arts was established in 2015 by Dr. Stanley and Alice Jo (Hostetter) DeFries and their family to support and enhance the University’s performing arts programs. To date, more than $219,000 has been raised by DeFries Society donors and supporters. Dr. DeFries was the Director of Concert Choir and Chorale at OU for 20 years, beginning in 1969.
During his nearly 30-year career at OU, he also worked as Associate Director of University Relations, Director of Planned Giving and Acting Vice President of University Relations and Alumni Relations. Alice Jo joined the faculty of OU’s English Language Institute in 1973 and served students there until 1996. Both are alums of Ottawa University.
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About Ottawa University
Founded in 1865, the mission of Ottawa University is to provide the highest quality liberal arts and professional education in a caring, Christ-centered community of grace which integrates faith, learning and life. Ottawa University is a comprehensive, not-for-profit educational institution serving more than 4,000 students through its residential campus in Ottawa, Kan., and adult campuses in Overland Park, Kan.; Phoenix, Queen Creek and Surprise, Ariz.; Brookfield, Wis.; Jeffersonville, Ind.; and online. For more information, visit www.ottawa.edu.