Iowa Wesleyan University is pleased to announce “Wesleyan, We Love Thee: A Celebration of Music,” to be performed on Sunday, May 7, 2023, at 3:00 pm in the University Chapel. This will be the final performance by the highly acclaimed IW Choir & Primae Voces and will feature our Alumni and Friends’ Choral & Instrumental Ensembles. This family-friendly reunion and celebration concert is free and open to the public.
“It is very hard to say goodbye to something that has been so embedded into our lives and our community,” noted Blair Buffington, Director of Choral Activities. “This concert– the reunion of alumni and friends– and our collective music will allow us all to celebrate IW’s legacy and help us bring closure to this chapter of our lives and find some healing.”
“When the Board announced the closure of the University, Blair asked me what he could do to help. I asked him to bring us music and singing. I can’t think of a more fitting way to say goodbye to this beautiful academic community than by filling our Chapel with music,” said President Chris Plunkett. “Music is a universal language with which we can all celebrate the remarkable 181-year legacy of Iowa Wesleyan University and the thousands of students who have passed through our hallways.”
IW alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and students, regardless of degree or major, are invited to participate in this celebration of music and community. A reunion gathering and rehearsal will occur on Saturday, May 6, at 7:00 pm in Old Main, room 300. A final choral rehearsal will be held on Sunday, May 7, at Noon in Old Main, and an instrumental rehearsal in the University Chapel at 1:00 pm. Musicians interested in participating may register at https://www.iw.edu/wesleyan-concert/. Participants must provide their own instruments; music will be provided.
We hope the community will come out to celebrate this final concert.