A Cappella Choir to Perform Concert On Oct. 27

Oct. 23, 1997

by Richard Veit

Baylor University's A Cappella Choir will present its annual fall concert at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, in Jones Concert Hall. This 72-voice choir is under the direction of Donald Bailey, the Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities.

The program will open with a set of early Baroque sacred music, including Paul Christensen's arrangement of "Kyrie, Mass XI," "Quem vidistis pastores?" by Richard Deering, "Crucifixus" by Antonio Lotti, and "Ascendit Deus" by Jacobus Gallus.

Next the A Cappella Choir will sing British music of the 20th century. John Rutter's "Hymn to the Creator of Light," scored for double chorus, was written in memory of composer Herbert Howells, who died in 1983. Howells's own "O, Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem" will also be heard, followed by "Rhosymedre" by Ralph Vaughan Williams and "Let the People Praise Thee, O God" by William Mathias.

The second half of the concert will feature "O Praise the Lord" by Adolphus Hailstork, "O Magnum Mysterium" by Morten Lauridsen, "The Christ-Child" by Baylor Emeritus Professor of Choral Music Robert H. Young, "Once to Every Man and Nation" by Thomas John Williams, and the Peter J. Wilhousky arrangement of William Steffe's "Battle Hymn of the Republic."

Closing the program will be a set of three pieces written by André Thomas-"When the Trumpet Sounds," "The Drinking Gourd," and "Goin' Up to Glory."

The concert by the Baylor University A Cappella Choir is free and open to the public. For more information, call the School of Music at 710-3991.

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