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University of Michigan’s Glee Club Concert
April 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Coming to Findlay for the first time in the Club’s 162 year history, the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club (UMMGC) is excited to perform in the hometown of 2018 Findlay High School grad, St. Michael Parishioner, and current UMMGC President, Matt Lichtinger! See the facebook event here!
The concert will be not be ticketed, but rather have a free will offering on-site to support travel and performance costs.
This spring, the Club will share the world premiere of a commissioned, multi-movement work, To Repair, written by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu as a part of a larger program of varied repertoire. Tesfa is an artist and composer who holds a faculty position at St. Olaf College, and has dedicated his career to advocating for underrepresented individuals through music. To Repair amplifies the voices of those experiencing racial inequality and challenges us to each do our part to work against these realities. Tesfa took the summer of 2021 to go “on a pilgrimage” across a large part of our nation and learn, first hand, about the experiences of Black communities, discovering anew the work that must be done “to repair.” His musical response to this pilgrimage culminated in this spectacular choral work that we have the privilege of premiering. Read the article in Forbes documenting part of his experience here.
About the Club
Founded in 1859, The UMMGC is one of the oldest collegiate choruses in the United States and has been long acclaimed as one of the finest male choruses in the world. The Glee Club is known for its wide repertoire of music that incorporates selections from different musical styles and periods including Renaissance motets, Romantic anthems, opera choruses, folksongs, spirituals, contemporary works, and, of course, Michigan songs. Since 2011, the club has premiered over twenty new arrangements and compositions.
In 1959, Michigan Men’s Glee Club was the first American male chorus to win the International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales, (and has since won three more first prizes at the same competition). In 1967, the Glee Club circled the globe in celebration of the University’s sesquicentennial year. Recent international tours have included Southeast Asia (1989), Eastern and Central Europe (1992), South America (1996), Australia (2000), the British Isles (2004), Spain (2008), Cuba (2011), China (2012), and South Africa (2016).
The scope of the Men’s Glee Club reaches far beyond rehearsals and performances; the Club is a vibrant social organization with a national outreach program to diverse communities called “Brothers in Song.” Through this program, the Glee Club partners with organizations such as Detroit School of Arts, Chicago Children’s Choir, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and others. In addition, the group frequently collaborates with Glee Clubs around the nation such as Michigan State, Cornell, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Miami of Ohio, Harvard, and Yale Glee Clubs. The graduate and undergraduate members of the Glee Club represent many diverse fields of study in the majority of the University’s 19 schools and colleges, and its student officers are responsible for the management of all non-musical Glee Club operations.
The Friars, which Findlay native Lichtinger is also a member of, are an a cappella subset of the Glee Club, and serve as an extension of Club as they maintain an ambitious performing schedule.