The Baylor University A Cappella Choir will present its first concert of the 2016-2017 season on Tuesday, October 11, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. This will also be the first concert under the baton of Visiting Professor of Music Jerry McCoy, who serves concurrently as Artistic Director/Conductor of the Fort Worth Chorale and Chamber Choir.
Joining the 49-voice A Cappella Choir on this program will be the 8-member Baylor Percussion Group, who perform under the direction of Todd Meehan, Assistant Professor of Percussion and Chair of the Instrumental Studies Division.
Both parts one and two of the concert will open with verses from “Spirit Seeking Light and Beauty,” which is set to a Gaelic hymn tune known as “Domhnach Trionoide.”
Then the A Cappella Choir will perform Nänie by the great German master, Johannes Brahms. Dating from 1881, this choral work is based on poetry of Friedrich von Schiller and centers around three characters in Greek mythology: Orpheus, Adonis, and Achilles.
Also to be heard are two love songs, Ivo Antognini’s “I Am the Rose of Sharon” and Dan Forrest’s “Entreat Me Not to Leave You,” followed by two choral dances, “Mata del Anima Sola” by Antonio Estévez and “Rotala” from Neslegtais Gredzens by Juris Karlsons.
After intermission, the program will include Five Hebrew Love Songs by Eric Whitacre, composed in 1996 to poetry written by his future wife, Hila Pitmann, for a concert they gave together in Speyer, Germany.
Closing the program will be Triptych by contemporary English-American composer Tarik O’Regan. Originally scored as a cantata for string orchestra and chorus, the Baylor performance will feature Dave Alcorn’s arrangement for percussion ensemble and chorus.
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.