Baylor University’s two choral ensembles for female voices, the Women’s Choir and Bella Voce, will present a joint concert on Sunday, April 22, beginning at 3:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Seventh and James Baptist Church of Waco. The 60-member Women’s Choir is led by Lecturer in Choral Music Stephen Gusukuma, and the 29-member Bella Voce is led by Director of Choral Activities Lynne Gackle. Accompanists for the two choirs are, respectively, Serenity Fung and John-Micah Braswell. Appearing as composer/pianist will be Ola Gjeilo, a Lyceum Series guest who is one of the most prominent composers in the choral world.
Opening the program will be the combined choirs, pianist Ola Gjeilo, and a string quartet to perform Mr. Gjeilo’s “Tundra.”
The Women’s Choir will present a selection of folk tunes from around the globe: “Ukuthula” (South Africa), “Siúil a Rúin” (Ireland), “Ergen Deda” (Bulgaria), “Shenandoah” (United States), and the American camp-meeting song, “No Time.”
Bella Voce’s portion of the concert will include “Ave Generosa” by Ola Gjeilo, “Cedit Hyems” (“Be Gone, Winter!”) by Abbie Betinis, “I Want to Be Where Your Bare Foot Walks” by David Childs, the French-Canadian folk song “V’la l’Bon Vent,” Stephen Foster’s “Under the Willow,” and the traditional spiritual “Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down.”
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.