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Release Date: October 6, 2003

ASU Choirs to Present "Aspects of Love" during Homecoming Concert

Angelo State University's Chamber Singers and Vocal Ensemble will present selections from the 19th century "classical" repertoire as well as popular songs from Broadway and classic rock during their annual Homecoming Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the University Auditorium.

The free concert, "Aspects of Love," will satisfy a variety of musical tastes. The combined ensembles, under the direction of Dr. Pamela Lee, will open with Randall Stroope's sumptuous new love song "Amor de mi alma" (You are the love of my soul). Based on a poem by Spanish Renaissance poet Garcilaso de la Vega, this passionate work showcases a beautiful eight-part chorus.

The men will follow with another Stroope setting "The Poet Sings," originally written for women's choir. Choral director Lee, however, will use men's voices to add warmth to the poignancy of the text. A four-part a cappella arrangement of Irving Berlin's melancholy torch song "What'll I Do?" will highlight the women of both groups and close the first section of the concert.

The Chamber Singers will then sing "Five Hebrew Love Songs" by renowned contemporary composer Eric Whitacre. Fans of Whitacre's "Cloudburst" will be enthralled by this evocative new piece for chamber choir, violin and piano. The Chamber Singers will also perform the hauntingly beautiful "Solvejg's Song" by Edvard Grieg, "Song to the Moon" from Antonin Dvorak's opera, "Rusalk√°," and "Zum Schluss" from the second opus of Johannes Brahms' "Liebeslieder Walzes."

The mood will shift to the soft rock sounds of the Vocal Ensemble. Their first selection, "Cherish," became a No. 1 hit of The Association in 1966. "To Where You Are," the stunning ballad that made Josh Groban an international pop star, will follow. Other hits from the '60s will include Lennon and McCartney's "With A Little Help From My Friends," Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and the Youngbloods' popular civil rights anthem, "Let's Get Together."

The concert with conclude with the King's Singers' humorous rendition of the American folk song "Frog Went A-Courtin'," followed by the signature song from Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Aspects of Love," titled "Love Changes Everything."

Accompaniment for the concert will be provided by Louellen Meyer and Kim Snell on piano, Brandie Phillips on violin, Jason Gregg on drums and Jamie Perez and Justin Yates on guitars.

For more information about this concert, contact the Department of Art and Music at 942-2085, Ext. 221. University Auditorium is located in the ASU Administration Building at 2601 W. Ave. N.