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Release Date: October 29, 2004

ASU's Chamber Singers to Perform at Christoval Monastery

The Angelo State University Chamber Singers, the university's most accomplished vocal ensemble, will present a concert of sacred a cappella masterpieces at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at the Mount Carmel Hermitage monastery near Christoval.

The concert, open free to the public, will be followed by a reception for all attendees.

Selections from the 16th, 17th and 20th centuries will highlight the performance. The motet style of the Renaissance period will be represented by Josquin's tender "Ave Maria" and Byrd's mournful "Ave verum Corpus." Viadana's "Exultate justi" and Scarlatti's "Exultate Deo" exemplify the exuberance of the Baroque era. Contemporary classics will include Randall Thompson's neo-romantic setting of Robert Herrick's poem "The Best of Rooms," plus a fresh and exciting interpretation of "Cantate Domino" by Dallas resident Noel Goemanne.

An assortment of folk music will contrast with the classical selections. Folk songs will include a beautifully expressive Shaker hymn "More Love," the cheerful Spanish carol "Hacia belén va un borrico," a rousing rendition of Jester Hairston's popular spiritual "Amen" and the poignant spiritual "Mary Wore Three Links of Chain."

The Chamber Singers are an auditioned group of the university's most accomplished vocalists. Conducted by Dr. Pamela Lee and accompanied by Louellen Meyer, the ensemble performs a variety of music, emphasizing the classics, folk music and vocal jazz. Additionally, the group serves as ASU's touring choir for purposes of promotion and recruitment.

The Mount Carmel Hermitage is located 20 miles south of San Angelo just off U.S. Highway 277. To reach the monastery, turn west off of 277 onto Allen Lane, which is one mile south of the Tres Amigos Convenience Store. Go two miles to the Hermitage sign on the left. Turn left into the first gate of the Hermitage.

For more information about this concert or directions to the site, contact the Department of Art and Music at 942-2085.