Baylor University Men's Choir in Spring Concert

April 13, 2018
The Men’s Choir of Baylor University will present its annual spring concert on Tuesday, April 24, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. This 94-voice choral ensemble is conducted by C. Randall Bradley, Professor of Church Music and Director of the Center for Christian Music Studies. Accompanists for the Men’s Choir are Bryce Reed and Joshua Turpin.
The program will open with the Bradley Ellingboe arrangement of Robert Lowry’s “How Can I Keep from Singing,” an arrangement by Ethan Sperry of A. R. Rahman’s “O Saya,” and Samuel Barber’s wartime “A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map.”
Next, the Men’s Choir will sing Connor Koppin’s “Jesu Dulcis Memoria,” the world premiere of Ryan Cayabyab’s “Psalm 121,” and “I Will Rise,” as arranged by Craig Courtney and Lynda Hasseler.
Also to be sung are Vijay Singh’s Celtic Songs (“Fergus and Molly” and “Finnan Haddie”), followed by group member Jordan Tucker’s arrangement (with dancers) of “A Boy Band’s Legacy,” which includes snippets from the Beach Boys, the Jackson Five, NSYNC, the Backstreet Boys, One Direction, and others.
The text of Kathleen Thomerson’s “I Want to Walk As a Child of the Light” comes from several different Biblical passages that speak of light and guidance. With the natural disaster of Hurricane Harvey devastating parts of Houston, the piece serves to bring peace and comfort to those affected. The Men’s Choir will sing a choral arrangement by Tom Trenney.
Closing the program will be William Appling’s setting of “We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace” and the arrangement by Kurt Kaiser of “Traveling Mercies.”
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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