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Release Date: September 30, 2002

ASU Choral Ensembles to Present Special Homecoming Concert Oct. 10

The Angelo State University Chamber Singers and Vocal Ensemble will present "Vocal Lite," a special Homecoming Concert Thursday, Oct. 10, offering an eclectic program of popular selections from romantic opera, big-band jazz, Broadway musical theater and soft rock.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in the University Auditorium with its musical program promising widespread audience appeal. The nostalgic evening of musical entertainment commemorating ASU's 2002 Homecoming celebration is open free to the public.

The accomplished Chamber Singers will open the program with the "Toreador Song" and "HabaƱera" from Bizet's Carmen, featuring soloists Russell Watkins, baritone, and Rachel Kuntz, mezzo-soprano. Other operatic highlights will include the impassioned "Regina coeli" from Mascagni's Cavalleria Rustican; the rousing "Drinking Song" from Verdi's La Traviata, featuring tenor Luis Ocada, and the hypnotic "Song to the Moon" from Antonin Dvorak's Rusalka.

The Chamber Singer's portion of the concert will conclude with Gene Puerling's sophisticated arrangement of "Try to Remember" from the Broadway musical The Fantasticks; "The Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha; and "I'm Beginning to See the Light" by big-band jazz greats Duke Ellington and Harry James.

During the second half of the concert, the energetic ASU Vocal Ensemble will offer a variety of soft rock hits including "Back in the U.S.S.R." by John Lennon and Paul McCartney; "Let the River Run" by Carly Simon; "All By Myself" by Eric Carmen; "Kiss Him Goodbye" as recorded by the Nylons; "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours" by Stevie Wonder; "I Will Remember You" by Sarah McLachlan; "Eleanor Rigby" by Lennon and McCartney; and "Put A Little Love in Your Heart" by Holiday, Myers and De Shannon.

Featured soloists will include Kelli Dueck, Derek Guthrie, Haley Holmes, Tyra Reyez, Jenna Swanson and Shaun Yates. Moses Torres and Kim Snell will offer their own soulful version of James Taylor's "Shower the People You Love with Love." Jason Gregg will lend his talents on drum set to keep everyone moving to the beat of the 70s, 80s and 90s.

Both ensembles are under the direction of Dr. Pamela Lee, who is in her ninth year as director of choral activities at ASU. For more information about the Homecoming Concert, contact the Department of Art and Music at 942-2085.

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