Chamber Singers to Present Concerts April 13-14

April 8, 1997

Baylor University's Chamber Singers will present their annual pair of spring concerts at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, and 8 p.m. Monday, April 14, at in the McLean Foyer of Meditation of Armstrong-Browning Library.

The Chamber Singers, a 17-voice ensemble led by Donald Bailey, director of vocal studies and choral activities, features some of the finest vocalists in the Baylor School of Music. Their accompanist is Allen Hightower.

This pair of concerts will open with "Timor et Tremor" by Orlando Lasso and "Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden" by Johann Sebastian Bach. Then will come a set of pieces chosen especially for the springtime season--Morton Lauridsen's "Songs of the Roses," Robert Pearsall's "Lay a Garland," and Gerald Finzi's "I Praise the Tender Flower" and "My Spirit Sang All Day."

Following intermission, the Chamber Singers will present the "Missa brevis" by one of the great masters of the Italian Renaissance, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.

Robert H. Young, Emeritus Professor of Choral Music and the founder of the Chamber Singers in 1962, will conduct his own "Songs of Nature" and "Echo," as well as George Oldroyd's "Prayer to Jesus."

The performances will conclude with Philip Wilby's arrangement of three "North Country Folk Songs"--"The Farmer's Boy," "Marianne," and "Byker Hill."

Both Chamber Singers concerts are free and open to the public. However, because of the popularity of these events and the limited seating capacity of Armstrong-Browning Library, early arrival is suggested. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 755-3991.

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