A Cappella Choir Spring Concert Set for March 1

Feb. 23, 1998

Baylor University's A Cappella Choir will present its annual spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building.

The 63-voice ensemble performs under the direction of Donald Bailey, the Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Music and director of choral activities, and is accompanied by Eric Mellenbruch.

The concert will open with a set of pieces dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, Richard Deering's "Quem vidistis," Antonio Lotti's "Crucifixus" and Jacobus Gallus' "Ascendit Deus."

The A Cappella Choir will turn to British music of our own time, with John Rutter's "O Be Joyful in the Lord," Herbert Howells' "O, Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem," Ralph Vaughan Williams's "Rhosymedre" and William Mathias' "Let the People Praise Thee, O God."

A set of three choral selections arranged by Alice Parker will follow, which graduate conductor, T. Christopher Crook, will direct. Crook will conduct "When I Can Read My Title Clear," "Wondrous Love" and "Hark, I Hear the Harp's Eternal."

Following intermission, Bailey will lead the choir in Jean Berger's "Glory Be to God" and "O Clap Your Hands," Morten Lauridsen's "O Magnum Mysterium" and a piece that was written for and dedicated to the Baylor A Cappella Choir, "The Christ-Child" by Robert H. Young.

The program will conclude with Peter Bagley's arrangement of "Live-a-Humble," conductor Donald Bailey's own setting of "I Am a Poor Wayfarin' Stranger" and arrangements by André Thomas of "The Drinking Gourd" and "Goin' Up to Glory."

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

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