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November 2009

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ASU Chorale to Present Holiday Concert

Angelo State University’s Concert Chorale will feature works of Benjamin Britten and Leonard Bernstein in its annual holiday concert on Tuesday, Nov. 24, in the sanctuary of Southland Baptist Church, 4300 Meadowcreek Trail.

The 7:30 p.m. performance, under the direction of Dr. Pamela Lee, is open free to the public. The concert will begin with Britten’s 1942 composition “Ceremony of Carols,” a 30-minute setting of medieval and renaissance poems for chorus and harp. The 12 movements of the piece include traditional stories surrounding the birth of Christ in the old English language of Geoffrey Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales.”

“‘A Ceremony of Carols’ is one of the major pieces in the harp repertoire and is the most famous extended work for singers and harp,” said Lee, an ASU professor and director of choral activities.

The 75-voice chorale will also present three popular sacred pieces, Moses Hogan’s “I’m Gonna Sing ’til the Spirit Moves in My Heart,” John Rutter’s “Be Thou My Vision” for chorus and harp, and Mack Wilberg’s “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”

The program will conclude with Bernstein’s earthy and energetic “Chichester Psalms,” which was commissioned for the Three Choirs Festival at England’s Chichester Cathedral in 1965. The 15-minute work features the rhythms that characterized his most popular score, “West Side Story.” The middle movement opens with a counter-tenor solo by junior business major Edwin Mayer.

Accompanying the performance will be new ASU staff accompanist, Dr. Michael Yenny, playing the organ, University of Texas-Austin doctoral student Jacqueline Ridder playing harp, Dr. Daniel McCloud, ASU assistant professor and director of bands, and James Bode, Irion County band director, both playing percussion.

The performance will be broadcast on KCSA radio, 95.7 FM.

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