Baylor University’s A Cappella Choir will present its annual spring concert on Tuesday, March 27, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. This splendid, 45-voice ensemble is conducted by Brian A. Schmidt, Baylor’s Associate Director of Choral Music, and the accompanist is Serenity Fung, a graduate student from Kendall Park, New Jersey. The concert is entitled “Rest” and honors all who have passed on before us, especially those who have lost their lives due to senseless acts of violence.
Opening the program will be “Oculi omnium” (“All Eyes Look to You”), a sung prayer by English composer Alexander L’Estrange.
Next, the A Cappella Choir will sing one of Dr. Schmidt’s own works, “Sleep, My Child” This is a simple lullaby that is, in the composer’s words, “a subtle reminder of our faith and hope in God’s protection, now and forever.”
Also to be heard is the four-movement Requiem of English composer Herbert Howells. Written in 1933, its themes were later used in Hymnus Paradisi (1936) as a memorial to his son.
“Ubi Caritas” is a choral work from 2010 by the brilliant Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, who will be on the Baylor campus from April 19 to 23 as part of a Lyceum Series residency.
Steve Dobrogosz is an American jazz pianist who has lived in Sweden for many years. His “Only Love Is True” is a ballad that focuses our eyes on love in every aspect of our daily life.
The program will close with two pieces that represent early American hymnody. Susan Labarr’s “I Hear Thy Voice” and the Shawn Kirchner arrangement of J. K. Allwood’s gospel tune “Unclouded Day” have clear influences from the style of folk hymns in early American collections.
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.