Concert Choir Performs on Oct. 25

Oct. 22, 1999

by Richard Veit

The Baylor University Concert Choir will present its annual fall concert on Monday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall. The choir performs under the direction of John W. McLean, Jr., assistant professor of choral activities. Also appearing on the program will be the Baylor University Concert Orchestra.

First to be heard will be Alice Parker's arrangement of "I'm Goin' to Sing." For many years, Parker was the principal arranger for the Robert Shaw Chorale.

Next will come two pieces by William Billings, probably the most renowned of America's 18th-century composers. The Concert Choir will sing his "David's Lamentation" and "I Am the Rose of Sharon."

Three selections from the 20th century will follow: "Lamb of God" by Fredrik Melius Christiansen, "Musicks Empire" from Lloyd Pfautsch's Triptych, and "Blessed Be the Name of the Lord" by Dale Grotenhuis.

The Concert Orchestra will then present an instrumental piece, the third-movement "Dance" from Gustav Holst's Brooke Green Suite. This will be led by graduate conductor Eduardo Espinel. The choir and orchestra will join forces for a sacred piece by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, his "Regina Coeli."

Following intermission, the Concert Choir will sing Aaron Copland's setting of a Spanish folksong, "Las Agachadas," followed by Jean Berger's "No Man Is an Island" and "Ye Shall Go Out with Joy."

Concluding the program will be Paul Leddington Wright's arrangement of "My Lord, What a Morning," featuring baritone Matthew Wright, and then William Dawson's treatment of "Ezekiel Saw the Wheel" with tenor Stephen Linnett.

This concert is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 710-3991.

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