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Bill Culverhouse, director of choral activities at Earlham College, leads musicians and singers during rehearsals of "Messiah" in Jordan.

‘Messiah’ to be performed in Jordan under direction of EC’s Choral Director

June 05, 2014

 Earlham College Assistant Professor of Music Bill Culverhouse is conducting an adaptation of “Messiah” with an Arab flair.


Culverhouse will conduct the classic Western music oratorio tonight and Friday at the Greek Catholic Cathedral of St. George in Amman. Both performances feature the “Dozan wa Awtar Singers,” Jordan’s leading choir, and the Amman Symphony Orchestra. 

“Messiah" was composed by George Frideric Handel in 1741 and is among the most popular choral works in Western music. These performances have been adapted to offer audiences something new.

“It will be blending two worlds,” says Culverhouse in a video promoting the performances. “We’re going to be bringing the world of Handel and England and the world of Jordan and the Arabic language and Arabic classical music together.”

Culverhouse directs the choral music program at Earlham and teaches a variety of courses in music history. An active performer, conductor and composer, Culverhouse has previously conducted “Messiah” at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C., (2003) and the Maryland Chorus (2006).

Culverhouse has a special interest in music of the Middle East, having collaborated with students on research projects on various musical styles and genres in the Arab world and supervised student research projects at the American Center for Oriental Research, also in Amman.

For more information about this week’s performances, visit http://dozanwaawtar.com/content/handels-messiah.

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Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at (765) 983-1256 and zimmebr@earlham.edu.


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