Baylor's Chamber Singers in Spring Concert

April 16, 2015
The Chamber Singers of Baylor University will present their annual spring concert on Sunday, April 26, beginning at 3:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Waco’s Seventh and James Baptist Church. The 27-voice Chamber Singers are a mixed choir that performs under the direction of Dinah Menger, Lecturer in Choral Activities. The group’s accompanist is Khanh Pham, and student conductors are Cody Miller and Whitney Wick. Also appearing on the program will be guest organist Lydia Bratcher.
Opening the concert will be English composer John Rutter’s “Open Thou Mine Eyes,” Scottish composer James MacMillan’s “A New Song” from 1998, “Festival Te Deum” by English composer Benjamin Britten, and a sacred piece called “Vox Populi” by Lithuanian composer Giedrius Svilainis.
Also to be heard are “Domine labia mea” (O Lord, Open Thou My Lips) by Franco-Flemish Renaissance composer Orlando di Lasso, the secular madrigal “Revecy venir du printans” by Franco-Flemish Renaissance composer Claude Le Jeune, “Das Gläut zu Speyer” by Swiss Renaissance composer Ludwig Senfl, and German Romantic composer Josef Rheinberger’s “Abendlied” from 1855.
The choral song “McKay” is from American composer Carol Barnett’s An American Thanksgiving. The piece is based on a tune from The Sacred Harp of 1844. A traditional folk song comes next, with the Chamber Singers performing an arrangement by Craig Hella Johnson of “The Water Is Wide.”
The program will close with the Joseph Jennings setting of American composer Stephen Foster’s “Nelly Bly” and “Jubilate Deo” by contemporary Polish composer Józef Świder.
This concert is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.
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