Benjamin P. (Ben) Bergey, an Eastern Mennonite University senior from Perkasie, Pa., will present a voice recital 7 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 19, in Martin Chapel of seminary building at EMU.
Bergey, a vocal performance and church music major, will perform Baroque and modern music from the “B’s” – J.S. Bach’s aria “Frohe Hirte” from his Christmas Oratorio and his chamber cantata (BWV 157), “Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn” with six other musicians; as well as Samuel Barber’s “Despite and Still” cycle; and Benjamin Britten’s Irish Folksong arrangements.
Phillip Martin, a sophomore environmental science and music performance major from Mount Joy, Pa., will provide piano accompaniment. Other musicians assisting Bergey are Jenny Hochstetler, Matthew Hunsberger, Janelle Dean, April Miller, Kaitlin Heatwole and Briana Eshleman.
Bergey sings tenor with the EMU Chamber Singers and is co-president with Michael Spory of the Student Government Association (SGA). He is a member of Blooming Glen (PA) Mennonite Church and a 2007 graduate of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, Lansdale, Pa.
Admission to the program is free. Donations will be accepted toward a European tour that Bergey, Phillip Martin and Steve Kniss are planning to different Mennonite Churches in Germany, Netherlands and the Alsace region in May.