Richard Householder, who joined the university in 1973 and is currently a professor emeritus, was named to the position as the Windsor Classic Chorale wraps up its 36th season.
“Professor Householder founded the Classic Chorale and has also been a longtime singing member with the choir,” said artistic director Joel Tranquilla. “His outstanding contribution to choral music in the Windsor-Essex area is unparalleled and we honour his lifetime commitment to the arts.”
This weekend’s festival includes a number of activities, including a performance by mezzo-soprano oratorio and opera soloist Jennifer Enns Modolo, who will also work with Kiwanis Music Festival students in the Music Building’s recital hall at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Members of the public are welcome.
Saturday’s main performance will feature Modolo performing Aaron Copland’s In the Beginning and Montreal-based composer Ben Duinker’s Materia ex Nihilo for marimba and choir.
The show will also include a performance of Matins, a piece commissioned by the chorale in 1998 from Ontario composer John Burge with lyrics by English literature professor emeritus Eugene McNamara.
The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. on May 24 at Mackenzie Hall. Members of the public are welcome. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for students. For more information, call Ridpath at 519-816-3206.