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November 2002

Release Date: November 14, 2002

ASU Choirs to Offer Holiday Concert Nov. 21

The Angelo State University Choirs will celebrate the holiday season with a selection of both Thanksgiving and Christmas music during a free, public concert Thursday, Nov. 21, in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church at 32 N. Irving in downtown San Angelo.

The concert, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, will feature all three ASU choral ensembles the 85-voice Concert Chorale, the 30-member Vocal Ensemble and the highly accomplished Chamber Singers made up of 15 vocalists selected by audition.

Open free to the public, the concert will celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas with distinctive music commemorating each season. Thanksgiving selections will be "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" with special accompaniment by the ASU Brass Choir; "El-Shaddai," which was made popular by contemporary Christian artist Amy Grant in 1981; "All Good Gifts" from the 1970s rock opera "Godspell;" the introduction and opening chorus from G. F. Handel's Chandos Anthem No. 6, better known as "With the Voice of Praise and Thanksgiving;" and Eric Whitacre's award-winning "Cloudburst" in celebration of God's much-needed gift of rain.

The Thanksgiving portion of the program also will include the opening prelude "We Gather Together," performed by ASU's Director of Choral Activities Dr. Pamela Lee on pipe organ as well as the closing organ and brass postlude "Now Thank We All Our God," featuring Louellen Meyer as organist. Christmas music will feature the beloved "Shepherd's Chorus" from the popular Christmas opera, "Amahl and the Night Visitors" by Gian-Carlo Menotti; "Ave Maria" by Renaissance master Josquin des Pres; "Magnificat" for double chorus and organ by Baroque composer Charles Theodore Pachelbel; Morten Lauridsen's hauntingly beautiful "O magnum mysterium;" Lloyd Pfautch's rousing hoe-down "Christmas in the Straw," featuring the unique talent of Brandie Phillips on violin; John Rutter's melodious setting of "What Sweeter Music;" and the little-known holiday gem "A Thousand Stars" by Angelo Cavalieri.

For more information about the fall semester's third and final University Choirs concert, contact the ASU Department of Art and Music at 942-2085, ext. 221.

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