An internationally recognized group of singers will offer two free, public concerts next week in Glynn County.

The Anderson University Chorale, a 44-member elite performing group, will sing a variety of musical compositions, including hymn arrangements and spirituals, in two concerts.

The chorale will first perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday at New Life Sanctuary, 940 Harry Driggers Blvd. in Brunswick, and again at 7 p.m. Thursday at Wesley United Methodist Church at Frederica, 6520 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island. Tickets are not required, but donations will be accepted to offset costs.

Anderson University in Anderson, Ind., boasts the chorale, which has performed at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Lincoln Center, both in New York, and Washington National Cathedral in Washington D.C. The group has also toured internationally in Germany, Norway, Russia and several other countries.

St. Simons Island resident Leslie Mattingly, a native of Anderson, helped bring the chorale to Glynn County. She hopes area music lovers will enjoy the rich classical music slated to be performed.

“I’m thrilled to help bring them to the Georgia coast,” Mattingly said. “They area really terrific.”

Mattingly said the choir’s members are the premiere students of Anderson University’s music program, which won an Emmy for its production of “Candles and Carols,” and has been televised internationally around Christmas time.

“Anderson University is an extraordinary Christian university with a phenomenal music program,” she said. “Even though it’s in a small town in Indian, it has quite the pedigree of stellar Christian music. These students are the best of the university’s choral department.”

The performances in Glynn County are slated to include works by Bach, Verdi, Whitacre, as well as contemporary composers.

The chorale is under the direction of Richard Sowers, a 33-year veteran of Anderson University. He is the school’s director of choral activities and a professor of music. The Anderson University Chorale’s notable alumni include tenor Lawrence Brownlee, soprano Lynelle Jonsson, Sandi Patty, Marshall Hall, Steven Curtis Chapman and Bill Gaither.

Anderson University is a private Christian school in central Indiana. It was founded in 1917 by the Church of God in Anderson. The university offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business and theology.

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