A choral celebration in honor of Earth Day will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist Church.

A choral celebration in honor of Earth Day will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist Church.
Performing will be the Pittsburg State University Choir, PSU Chorale and the PSU Women’s Choir, under the direction of Susan Marchant.
Conductors will be Marchant, Stella Hastings and Seth Harley. Narrator will be John Ross. Instrumentalists will be Joanne Britz, Russell Jones, Carolann Martin, Richard Samford, James Clanton, Josh Johnson, Salvador Prado, Daniel Warlop, A.J. Metzger, Kristin Humbard, Rebecca Cutler, Lori Kehle, Marchant and others.
The concert will feature music that celebrates, in one way or another, the earth and all of its inhabitants, particularly ones that are four-legged, winged or seafaring. At the center of the program will be “Canticle of the Sun” by Boston composer Ronald Perera and “All Creatures of Our God and King” by Mack Wilberg, both based on texts by St. Francis of Assisi.
Also included will be three movements from the “Missa Gaia” of Paul Winter and his colleagues in the Paul Winter Consort. This was created for the annual “Blessing of the Animals” service at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City, and includes recorded animal sounds such as wolf calls and whale songs.
Rounding off the program will be shorter works that serve the central theme of celebrating the earth and the creatures who share it with humans.
There will be no admission charge for the concert, but an offering will be accepted.