Bluffton University’s Camerata Singers performed in concert at 7p.m., Monday, March 4, 2013 at Roanoke Mennonite Church.
The local appearance was part of the select choral group’s spring-break tour in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas and Michigan. Its 25 members, which included Roanoke Mennonite's very own Aidan Kennell, represented a variety of academic disciplines across campus. The conductor, Dr. Mark J. Suderman, is a professor of music and director of choral activities at Bluffton.
"Promises of God’s Reign” was the concert theme. The music explored four promises: peace, comfort, hope and deliverance. Each section of the program used passages of Scripture to introduce the music connected with those promises.
The choral selections in the program came from a variety of textual and musical sources, including major works, spirituals, gospel music, hymn tunes and pieces from various historical periods.
Founded in 1899 in northwest Ohio, the university is part of the education mission of Mennonite Church USA. Its legacy is expressed today through the enduring values of discovery, community, respect and service that are woven into the academic program and campus life. Bluffton students go into the world prepared for life as well as for their chosen vocation.