Chamber Singers in Pair of Spring Concerts April 18-19

April 14, 1999

by Richard Veit

Baylor University's Chamber Singers will present concerts at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 18, and at 8 p.m. Monday, April 19 in the McLean Foyer of Meditation of Baylor's Armstrong Browning Library. The 19-member Chamber Singers are conducted by Donald Bailey, director of choral activities and acting dean of the School of Music. Their accompanist is Michael Stuart, a graduate student from Bradenton, Fla.

After an introit and processional, the program will open with a group of late-Renaissance and early-Baroque music by Tomás Luis de Victoria, Orlando di Lasso and Antonio Caldara. These will be followed by a group of sacred and secular pieces by Benjamin Britten, Morten Lauridsen, Pablo Casals and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The second half of the concerts will feature folk-like material, including two pieces written by conductor Donald Bailey ("Music, When Soft Voices Die" and "Amid a Crowd of Stars") and three written and conducted by the group's founder, Robert H. Young ("There Is a Garden," "When to Her Lute Corinna Sings" and "Rose-Cheeked Laura").

Concluding the program will be Gustav Holst's setting of "I Love My Love," an arrangement by Ralph Vaughan Williams of "Just As the Tide Was Flowing," and, with Young conducting, "Prayer to Jesus" by George Oldroyd.

These two concerts are free and open to the public. Due to the limited seating capacity of Armstrong Browning Library, early arrival is suggested. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 710-3991.

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