Release Date: March 16, 2009
Angelo State Choirs Set Two Concerts
The Angelo State University Department of Art and Music spring concert season will include two major events featuring university vocalists on Thursday, April 2, and Tuesday, April 21.
The ASU Concert Chorale will perform April 2 in a spring concert of celebrated opera classics at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Cactus Hotel, 36 E. Twohig Ave. The concert is open free to the public.
Chosen from French, Russian, Italian and American opera repertoires, selections include “Neighbor’s Chorus” from Offenbach’s comedy “La Jolie Parfumeuse,” Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances,” which is also known as the popular song “Stranger in Paradise,” “Easter Hymn” from Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana,” “Stomp Your Foot” from “The Tender Land” by Aaron Copland, and the overture from Rossini’s opera based on the legend of William Tell.
Also on the program are “Voyagers Chorus” from Mozart’s first opera seria, “Idomeneo,” “Make Our Garden Grow” from Bernstein’s operetta “Candide,” and “Come Thou Now” from the early classical opera “Orpheus” by Christoph Willibald Gluck. The concert will conclude with a medley of favorites from George Gershwin’s popular 1935 work, “Porgy and Bess.”
Two ASU choral music alumni will return as guest soloists for the evening. Soprano Angela Ochoa will be joined by Dr. Kevin Lambert, dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, for the “Brindisi” duet from Verdi’s “La Traviata.” “The Habanera” from Bizet’s “Carmen” will feature mezzo soprano Demaree Brown as the seductive temptress. Dr. Scott Raines, associate professor of voice, will offer the robust “Toreador Song.”
A chamber ensemble of strings, winds and piano will accompany the chorale and soloists. Dr. Pamela Lee, professor of music and director of choral activities, will conduct the performance.
On April 21, the ASU Chamber Singers and Vocal Ensemble will present their seventh annual Pops at the Pavilion, “All That Jazz!,” at the University Pavilion on South Van Buren Street near the high-rise residence halls.
The community favorite event, sponsored by the University Center Program Council and Arts at ASU, features a casual outdoor setting with a song and dance format and complimentary refreshments that combine an entertaining evening for the whole family. This concert is also open free to the public.
Jazz standard fans will hear many favorites from the 1920s through the 1960s during the performance, including medleys by Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington and Cole Porter. Additional selections by George Gershwin, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Henry Mancini and Louis Prima will complete the program.
The ASU groups will be joined in the concert for the sixth time by Lee Middle School’s show choirs, Rebel Rage and Company. Their unique interpretations of music by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer will add variety to the evening.
Both concerts also will be broadcast on KCSA radio, 95.7 FM.
For more information on the concerts, call the ASU Department of Art and Music at 942-2085.