Cleveland Chamber Choir, CWRU Concert Choir, and YSU Dana Chorale with Renowned British Composer Cecilia McDowall

Cecilia McDowall, British Composer
Photo Credit: Karina Lyburn
Saturday, February 26, 2022, 7:00 PM

Amasa Stone Chapel
Free and open to the public

6:15 PM | In Conversation: Cecilia McDowall with Charles Edward McGuire, PhD, Oberlin College and Conservatory 

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Cecilia McDowall

Renowned and award-winning British composer Cecilia McDowall will visit Cleveland, OH and join the Cleveland Chamber ChoirCase Western Reserve University Concert Choir, and Youngstown State University Dana Chorale for a series of master classes and rehearsals, which will culminate in Cecilia and Her World: Music of Cecilia McDowall and Britten, Tallis and Stravinsky, with the first of two performances on Saturday, February 26, 2022. A second performance with the Kent State University Chorale and Cleveland State University Chorale will take place on Sunday, Feb. 27. 

Central to these concerts celebrating her choral works and inspirations will be the world premiere of On the Air (Dear Vaccine) commissioned by the Cleveland Chamber Choir. For its text, McDowall chose lines from hundreds of entries in the Dear Vaccine—A Global Vaccine Poem, a worldwide community poetry project giving voice to express hope and healing. The programs will also include music by Britten, Stravinsky, and Tallis; composers she considers influential to her own style. McDowall won the British Composer Award for Choral Music in 2014 and, more recently, the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Works Collection in 2021. Her works are performed worldwide.

Performing Ensembles

Scott MacPherson, Artistic Director & Director of Choral Studies, Kent State

Dr. Christopher Clark, Director of Choirs, CWRU

Brian Bailey, Director of Choirs, CSU

Hae-Jong Lee, Director of Dana Chorale, YSU

This concert is generously supported by grants from the Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, and the Tri-M Foundation; and presented in partnership with CWRU Department of Music and Cleveland State School of Music.

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The number of COVID-19 cases nationally and in our region requires Case Western Reserve to enhance efforts to reduce transmission risks on campus. Masks must be worn indoors—preferably KN95s or at least surgical ones; cloth masks are strongly discouraged. In addition, only those who are fully vaccinated (i.e., have received the booster if eligible) should attend any campus event. Leaders continue to monitor pandemic developments and will adjust health protocols as circumstances warrant. Learn more about CWRU's COVID-19 response.

Amasa Stone Chapel
Amasa Stone Chapel