Release Date: Nov. 17, 2008
ASU Concert Chorale, Orchestra Usher in the Holidays
Angelo State University’s Concert Chorale with orchestra will present Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria,” Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Southland Baptist Church, 4300 Meadowbrook Trail.
The 7:30 p.m. performance, which is open free to the public, offers a musical entree into the holiday season with one of the most appealing and unique settings of the Roman Catholic “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” text from the ordinary of the Mass, said Dr. Pamela Lee, director of choral activities.
“The work is celebrated and admired worldwide for its contrasts of sparkling exuberance and incredible delicacy. Composed in six movements, the ‘Gloria’ is scored for soprano solo, large orchestra and chorus,” Lee said. “It was commissioned in 1959 by the Koussevitsky Foundation in honor of past Boston Symphony conductor Sergei Koussevitzky.”
Janeene Williams, an acclaimed soprano from Austin, will be the featured soprano soloist for the performance.
Also on the program are several seasonal choruses by English composer John Rutter, including “For the Beauty of the Earth,” “What Sweeter Music” and “O Clap Your Hands.” Others include Mack Wilberg’s inspirational arrangement of “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” and Randall Stroope’s setting of “Come Dwell in Solomon’s Walls.”
Charles Gounod’s “O Sing to God,” featuring the award-winning Lee Middle School Concert Choir with the ASU Concert Chorale, will round out the program. The moving anthem was featured in the 1947 holiday classic movie “The Bishop’s Wife.” Additionally, the Lee choir will perform “Alleluia, Sing for Joy” by French baroque composer Jean-Baptiste Lully.
The ASU choir’s concerts are also broadcast live on KCSA, 95.7 FM radio.
For more information, call the ASU Department of Art and Music at 942-2085, ext. 221.