Two of Baylor University’s major choral ensembles, Bella Voce and Concert Choir, will present a concert on Tuesday, October 16, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. Bella Voce, a choir of thirty-one female voices, is conducted by Baylor’s Director of Choral Activities, Lynne Gackle. Their program is called “And She Said: Inspired by or Composed by Women.” Concert Choir, a mixed ensemble of ninety-seven voices, is conducted by Lecturer in Choral Music Stephen Gusukuma. Their program is “In the Night We Shall Go In.” John-Micah Braswell is the accompanist for both groups.
Bella Voce will open the concert with “Vivos Voco” (“I Call the Living”) by Joan Szymko. It tells of medieval times, when church bells were thought to ring away the evil spirits on rooftops.
Elaine Hagenberg’s setting of the Shaker hymn “I Will Be a Child of Peace” will also be heard, as will Libby Larsen’s “A Womanly Song of God” and “Wandl’ ich in dem Wald des Abends” by Felix Mendelssohn’s older sister, the composer/ pianist Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel.
Bella Voce will sing Eva Ugalde’s Tximeletak (“Butterflies”), Gwyneth Walker’s “Love Is a Rain of Diamonds,” “Voice on the Wind” by Sarah Quartel, and Nathan F. Christiansen’s setting of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem, “How Do I Love Thee?”
Concert Choir will sing William Byrd’s “Haec dies” (“This Is the Day the Lord Has Made”), “Evening Hymn” by Henry Balfour Gardiner, “In the Night We Shall Go In” by Imant Raminsh,” and “O schöne Nacht” by Johannes Brahms.
Also to be heard are Concert Choir’s performances of “Water Night” by Eric Whitacre, Paul Christiansen’s arrangement of “My Song in the Night,” and the Anders Paulsson setting of “Bright Morning Stars.”
To close the program, Concert Choir will sing the Jester Hairston arrangement of the spiritual “In Dat Great Gittin’ Up Mornin’.”
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.