Annual President's Concert Will Feature Baylor Choral Union and Orchestra

April 13, 2011

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The annual Baylor University President's Concert will present an evening of choral favorites at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in Jones Concert Hall in Glennis McCrary Music Building on the Baylor campus.

The President's Concert has been a Baylor tradition for nearly a quarter of a century. This year's event honors President Ken Starr, 14th president of Baylor University.

The Baylor University Choral Union, led by Dr. Alan Raines, director of choral activities, will perform. Members of Baylor's A Cappella Choir and Concert Choir are included in the group. The hundred-member Baylor Symphony Orchestra also will perform, conducted by Stephen Heyde, director of orchestral activities.

Four selections from German composer Carl Orff's cantata, Carmina Burana, will open the evening, including the famous "O Fortuna."

To follow will be Schicksalslied, Op. 54, translated as "Song of Destiny." The piece is written by German composer Johannes Brahms.

Three excerpts of French composer Francis Poulenc's Gloria and "The Promise of Living" from the Aaron Copland's opera The Tender Land will follow.

After intermission, the orchestra and choirs will perform "Soldier, Soldier, Won't You Marry Me?" by Robert DeCormier, Kirke Mechem's setting of "Blow Ye the Trumpet" and Aaron Copland's A Lincoln Portrait.

Ryan Murphy's "Pilgrim Song" and "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" by Mack Wilberg will end the program.

General admission tickets are $5. For ticket information, call the Baylor University School of Music box office at (254) 710-3571, or purchase tickets online here.

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Glennis McCrary Music Building is at 110 Baylor Ave.

For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.

by Susie Typher, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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