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The Genevans, Geneva College's touring choir

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. -A series of concerts including both sacred and secular choral music by the Genevans, Geneva College′s touring choir, will take place starting Friday, March 6 and go through Monday, March 16. The seven-state, ten-day tour will visit the following locations:

Friday, March 6 Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Somerset, Pa.
Saturday, March 7 McLean Presbyterian Church, McLean, Va.
Sunday, March 8 Heritage Presbyterian Church, Warrenton, Va.
Monday, March 9 White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, N.C.
Tuesday, March 10 Ortega Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, Fla.
Wednesday, March 11 The Geneva School, Winter Park, Fla.
Wednesday, March 11 Orlando Reformed Presbyterian Church, Orlando, Fla.
Friday, March 13 Trinity Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Florence, S.C.
Saturday, March 14 River Road Presbyterian Church, Richmond, Va.
Sunday, March 15 St. Luke′s Episcopal Church. Alexandria, Va.
Monday, March 16 Trinity Christian School, Fairfax, Va.
Monday, March 16 Oakdale Emory United Methodist Church, Olney, Md.

For directions and concert times for each location, click here.

The choir, established in its present form in 1938, is on a tour of the Southeastern United States and will perform twelve concerts at schools and churches in six states. The choir sings a wide variety of music styles, from the Renaissance to contemporary, from folk songs to Spirituals and anthems. The theme song for this concert is "Mourning into Dancing" by the contemporary Christian composer James Ward of Chattanooga. The concert will include motets from Victoria′s "Lamentations of Jeremiah" and the beloved "Super flumina Babylonis" of Palestrina. Also featured will be music by two great composers with special anniversaries this year: Felix Mendelssohn (b. 1809) and Henry Purcell (b. 1659). Rounding out the program are folk song settings by Johannes Brahms and humorous works by Mozart and others.

Two small groups from within the choir will also sing: Grace Notes (women′s sextet) and Eight Bells (barbershop).

In addition to many concerts in western Pennsylvania, the Genevans tour annually in parts of North America and quadrennially in Europe. Their most recent international tour, in 2006, took the group to Ireland and the United Kingdom. Previous tours have taken the Genevans to France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Poland and Cyprus, earning them ovations and return invitations.

Geneva College is a comprehensive Christian college of the arts, sciences and professional studies. Founded in the tradition of the Reformed Christian faith, Geneva prepares students to serve Christ in all areas of society: work, family and the church. Geneva is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).