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March 2008

Release Date: March 20, 2008

Water’s Fine for ASU Concert Chorale

The Angelo State University Concert Chorale will perform a variety of water-inspired works on Thursday, April 3, in the ASU auditorium.

The program, titled “Water Music,” begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and is open free to the public. The auditorium is in the Mayer Administration Building, 2601 W. Ave. N.

The 60-voice chorale’s offerings include Antonin Dvorak’s “Song to the Moon,” a Renaissance motet by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, an Italian madrigal by Claudio Monteverdi and some familiar folk music.

Selections from the folk music genre include “Shenandoah,” “Wade in De Water” and Gustav Holst’s English folk song “I Love my Love.”

The rhythmic sailors’ song, “What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor?” adds a seafaring taste to the program. The song is a chantey, pronounced “shantee,” which was traditionally sung by sailors as they worked. In the same vein, a chantey-style setting will help convey Alfred Tennyson’s poem, “Break, Break, Break.”

Among popular tunes on the program are “Soon It’s Gonna Rain” from the off-Broadway musical “The Fantasticks,” and Carly Simon’s “Let the River Run.”

A mixture of compositional styles includes the contemporary-tone poem “Cloudburst” by Eric Whitacre, which features the choir and hand bells simulating rain as well as percussion creating “thunder.”

For more information, call the ASU Department of Art and Music at 942-2085.