Chamber Singers Perform a Sunday Matinée

April 6, 2018
The Baylor University Chamber Singers will present their annual spring concert on Sunday, April 15, beginning at 3:00 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. The Chamber Singers are conducted by Brian A. Schmidt, Associate Professor of Choral Music. Their accompanist is Jillian Gardner, a graduate student in the Artist Diploma program at Baylor.
Also appearing on the program will be Lecturer in Piano Jani Parsons, violinist Chandler Fadero, a graduate student from Charlotte, North Carolina, and members of the Baylor Jazz Combo: bassist Jonathan Keith, pianist Chris Bandy, and drummer Grant Seiter.
Opening the concert will be a pair of French love songs, “Madrigal” by Gabriel Fauré and “Dieu! Qui la fait bon regarder” by Claude Debussy.
Next, the 22-voice ensemble will perform “Lead Me, Lord” by Will Todd, “Abendlied” by Josef Rheinberger, and “The Journey Home” by Baylor University’s own Robert H. Young, who founded the Chamber Singers well over a half-century ago, in 1962.
Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote his Serenade to Music, with sixteen vocal soloists, in 1938. The text is an adaptation of the discussion about music and the music of the spheres in Act V, Scene 1 of The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare.
Pianist George Shearing compiled six Shakespearean songs and called the set Music to Hear. The texts are drawn from three sonnets, Two Gentleman of Verona, Much Ado About Nothing, and As You Like It. Joining the Chamber Singers will be the Baylor Jazz Combo.
Closing the program will be the traditional English folk song “Bobby Shafto,” in an arrangement by David Willcocks.
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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