Berea College Choir Concert to Benefit Rita Tallent Picken Scholarship Fund

Published: September 22, 2014
By: Mary Lenard

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside College of Arts and Humanities presents

Berea College Choir

Stephen Bolster, conductor
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 | 3:30 p.m. | Bedford Concert Hall
Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities

Admission: Suggested donation of $10 at the door
All proceeds from this performance go to the Rita Tallent Picken Scholarship Fund

The UW-Parkside College of Arts and Humanities is pleased to present the Berea College Choir in a special performance in Bedford Concert Hall, Sunday, Oct. 5. Conducted by Dr. Stephen Bolster, the 3:30 p.m. performance includes a repertoire of both sacred and secular choral literature in several languages chosen from a variety historical periods, including anthems, motets, masses, folk songs, spirituals, popular music, and music-theatre selections.

Berea College is an independent, non-denominational college 42 miles south of Lexington, Ky., and 51 miles north of the hometown of the late Bernard Tallent, dean of the former UW Kenosha Center and one of Parkside’s founders. Berea College was founded in 1855 for the purpose of providing a high-quality liberal arts education to students who could otherwise not afford to attend college. Like Parkside, Berea today remains a source of educational transformation for its students.

Parkside was inspired by the dream of its founders to provide access to high-quality, affordable higher education for the families of Racine and Kenosha counties. Over time, the university's mission and work has grown to serve the entire southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois region. Parkside, like Berea, remains a place of inspiration for those seeking a new and brighter future through knowledge. More than half of all Parkside graduates are the first in their families to obtain a university degree. As the most diverse campus in the UW System, people of color make up close to 30 percent of Parkside's enrollment.

The Berea College Concert Choir is a vocal ensemble of about 60 undergraduate students selected by audition each year. Known internationally, the choir has recently returned from a concert tour to Spain and Portugal in May.
Parkside welcomes colleagues, students, and the community to the stunning Bedford Hall in the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities. The university community is thrilled to host a performing arts group from a college with closely aligns with Parkside.


Choir's website:

You Tube link

Both links lead to digital video recordings of the recent summer concerts in Spain and Portugal.

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