WCU to present fall choral concert Oct. 24

Oct 23, 2013

CULLOWHEE – The Western Carolina University School of Music will present its annual fall choral concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on the WCU campus.

Featured student choral ensembles will be the University Chorus, Early Music Ensemble and Concert Choir, all conducted by Michael Lancaster, director of choral activities at WCU.

The University Chorus will sing a variety of choral repertoire – a four-part canon to the text “Laudate Dominum (Praise the Lord)” by English Baroque composer William Croft; one of the six nocturnes by Mozart for chorus and three clarinets; a chorus from the oratorio “St. Paul” by Felix Mendelssohn; a setting for chorus and piano of the American folk song “Kansas Boys” by American composer Kirke Mechem; a setting of a Canadian folk song called “Song for the Mira” for chorus, oboe and piano; and “Jabula Jesu,” a setting for chorus and percussion of a Zulu folk song.

The Early Music Ensemble will sing selections from the vast choral repertory composed during the Renaissance era. From England, the ensemble will sing a madrigal by Thomas Morley, “Fire, Fire”; from Italy, “Ecco mormorar l’onde,” by Claudio Monteverdi; from Austria, a lament about leaving the city of Innsbruck by Heinrich Isaac, “Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen”; and from France, a comedic setting of a conversation between two women about one’s husband as they are standing among the chickens, whose sounds are heard in the singing. It is called “Il est bel et bon.”

The Concert Choir, the university’s top choral ensemble, will perform “Prelude,” a setting of “Exsultate, Jubilate (Rejoice, Sing Joyfully)” that hearkens back to Medieval organum by Norwegian-American composer Ola Gjeilo; “Adoramus te, Christe (We Adore you, Christ)” by Renaissance composer Roland de Lassus; “Alleluia” from “Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden (Praise the Lord, all People)” by J. S. Bach; “Abendlied (Evening Song),” a six-part setting by Johannes Brahms’ German contemporary, Josef Rheinberger; a unique setting by American composer Eric Whitacre of e.e. cummings poem “i thank You God for most this amazing day”; and a setting of the American folk song “Old Joe Clark” by American composer Mack Wilberg.

The concert is open free of charge. For information, call the School of Music at 828-227-7242.

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