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March 2004

Release Date: March 22, 2004

ASU Choir to Present Music of 'American Pride'

The Angelo State University Concert Chorale with Orchestra will present "American Pride: A Celebration of American Music" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 2, in the sanctuary of Southland Baptist Church.

Open free to the public, the concert will feature popular works by Aaron Copland, Stephen Foster, George Gershwin and Randall Thompson as well as distinctive arrangements of American hymns, folk tunes and spirituals. Inspiring musical settings of poetry by Robert Frost and Walt Whitman will complete this tribute to the American spirit. Taken together, these songs reflect the nation's character and heritage.

Music to be performed will include Copland's rousing "Stomp Your Foot" from The Tender Land and "That's the Idea of Freedom" from his lesser-known opera The Second Hurricane. "Choose Something Like a Star" from Thompson's Frostiana and "Ye Shall Have a Song" from his Peaceable Kingdom will offer unique interpretations of American spiritual values. A stirring adaptation of Walt Whitman's "Jubilant Song" by contemporary composer Norman Dello Joio will present a triumphant ode to democracy.

"O Susannah" and "Gentle Annie" will reveal Stephen Foster's gift for memorable melodies from the 19th century while a medley of Gershwin favorites will demonstrate his genius for blues and jazz of the 20th century.

Two early American hymns "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" and "Zion's Walls" will be presented in unique arrangements that highlight the skill and versatility of ASU's accomplished chorale.

Rounding out this American concert will be the poignant spiritual "Deep River" and Moses Hogan's rhythmic spiritual "I'm Gonna Sing ’Til the Spirit Moves in My Heart," providing a perfect musical balance for the evening.

The Angelo State Concert Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Pamela Lee and accompanied by an orchestra of talented local musicians, offers this special salute to American music, which promises to be an inspiring and entertaining experience for the entire family.

For more information about this concert, call the Angelo State University Department of Art and Music at 942-2085, Ext. 221.