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April 2002

Release Date: April 02, 2002

Choral Concert Features ASU's Chamber Singers, San Angelo's Singing Boys, Girls

The Arts at ASU will present the University Chamber Singers with the San Angelo Singing Boys and the San Angelo Singing Girls in concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church at 32 N. Irving in downtown San Angelo.

Admission is free and the public is cordially invited to attend. Opening the concert will be the Chamber Singers in a performance of J.S. Bach's imposing chorale-motet, "Jesu, meine Freude." Based on the well-known Lenten hymn, "Jesu, Priceless Treasure," this German motet is an elaborate work in 11 sections for five-voice choir and organ continuo. Following will be the famous "Easter Hymn" from the romantic verismo opera, Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni.

After a brief intermission, the San Angelo Singing Girls will perform five selections including "For All the Heroes," composed by their talented and versatile director, Beth Horner. Other pieces are "Music of Creation" by popular Christian composer Anna Laura Page, "Beautiful" by Dennis Cleveland, "God Bless America" by Irving Berlin, and a soothing arrangement of the "Irish Blessing."

The San Angelo Singing Boys will present English renaissance composer William Byrd's a cappella setting of "Non Nobis, Domine," "Kyrie Eleison" by Sonja Poorman, "Build Me A World" by Ginger Littleton, Emily Crocker's arrangement of the popular sea chantey "The Drunken Sailor" and Donald Moore's arrangement of the traditional spiritual "I Want Jesus To Walk With Me." These young singers are under the direction of Marco Melendez, outstanding junior at Central High School and three-year member of the Texas All-State Choir.

Concluding the concert will be the famous "Prayer" from Humperdinck's fairy-tale opera Hansel and Gretel sung by the Chamber Singers and combined children's choirs, the light-hearted "Neighbor's Chorus" from Offenbach's comic opera La jolie Parfumeuse, and Jerome Kern's "Ol' Man River," featuring Dr. Eldon Black, bass soloist.

Accompanists for the concert are Carrie Joynton for the Singing Girls, Shirlene Klein for the Singing Boys and Louellen Meyer for the ASU Chamber Singers. Dr. Pamela Lee is the Director of Choral Activities at Angelo State.