Major Choral Ensembles Perform Concert Nov. 2

Oct. 28, 2004

by Richard Veit

Two of Baylor University's large choral ensembles, the Women's Chorus and the Men's Choir, will present a joint concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, in Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building.

The 50-voice Women's Chorus is directed by Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education Michele Henry. The 48-voice Men's Choir is led by Professor of Church Music Randall Bradley.

The ensembles will perform a pair of works by Hungarian composer György Orbán, with the women singing the "Gloria" movement from his Mass No. 6 and the men performing his "Daemon Irrepit Callidus," which features a recurring reference to "The heart of Jesus."

The Women's Chorus also will present "I Want to Praise the Lord All of My Life" by Georg Philipp Telemann, "Die Meere" from Johannes Brahms's Three Duets (originally for soprano and alto with piano), Aaron Copland's "An Immorality," Marylou India Jackson's setting of "Joshua Fit de Battle of Jericho," an arrangement by Andrew Del Monte of "He's Gone Away," the Hermene Warlick Eichhorn arrangement of "Housekeeper's Tragedy" and Russell Robinson's setting for women's voices of the Harold Arlen standard, "Over the Rainbow" from the The Wizard of Oz.

The Men's Choir will perform James Erb's arrangement of "Shenandoah," Josh Gibson's "Credo," Moses Hogan's "Elijah Rock," an arrangement by Philip E. Silvey of "Nine Hundred Miles," the André Thomas setting of "Swing Down, Chariot," Robert Sterling's arrangement of "Jesus Paid It All" and the Stan Beard arrangement of "Ease on Down the Road" from The Wiz, a 1978 musical by Charlie Smalls.

The choirs will combine for "One Short Day" from Stephen Schwartz's musical Wicked.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at (254) 710-3991.

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