A Cappella Choir to Perform on Oct. 28

Oct. 23, 1996

by Richard Veit

The Baylor University A Cappella Choir will present a concert at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in the McCrary Music Building's Jones Concert Hall.

This concert-conducted by Donald Bailey, Baylor's Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities-also will feature graduate conductor Kelly Neill, accompanist Bradley Welch, and The Baylor Brass and Percussion Ensemble. The music will cover a span of four hundred years, from the late sixteenth century to the present day.

Two sacred pieces from the Renaissance will open the program-"Jauchzet dem Herren," a setting of Psalm 100 by Heinrich Schütz, and then "Eheu, sustulerunt Dominum" by Thomas Morley.

Next will come a pair of sacred works from our own century. "O Ignis Spiritus" by Imant Raminsh praises God's miraculous powers of creation. "Hodie!" by the 43-year-old American composer Z. Randall Stroope tells of the birth of Jesus Christ. The latter is scored for brass, percussion, organ and choir.

Following intermission, Kelly Neill will conduct the A Cappella Choir in three works by Randall Thompson-"Glory to God in the Highest," "Alleluia" and "The Peaceable Kingdom." Then Dr. Bailey will lead the choir in two compositions by Johannes Brahms, "Sensucht" and "Neckereien."

Concluding the program will be the Harry Somers arrangement of "Songs of the Newfoundland Outports" and the Robert De Cormier arrangement of "Let Me Fly."

This concert by the A Cappella Choir is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 755-3991.

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