Bella Voce, Baylor University’s 27-member chamber choir of female voices, will present a concert called “Praise, Peace, Patterns, and Poetry” on Thursday, March 28, beginning at 7:30 p.m. the McLean Foyer of Meditation in Armstrong Browning Library. Bella Voce’s conductor is Director of Choral Ensembles Lynne Gackle, and the pianist is John-Micah Braswell. Also appearing on the program will be graduate conductor Elina Cho, harpist April Simmons, and Baylor University’s Professor of Viola, Kathryn Steely.
The program’s “Praise” section will include “Ascribe to the Lord” by Rosephanye Powell, “Lead Gently, Lord” from Adolphus Hailstork’s Three Dunbar Hymns, and “I Cannot Dance, O Lord” by Stephen Paulus.
To open the “Peace” section, Dr. Steely will be the viola soloist in “The Peace of Wild Things” by Sean Ivory, which will be followed by the Francisco Núñez setting of “Dôme Épais” by Léo Delibes (with Ms. Cho conducting), and then Georges Bizet’s song “Ouvre ton coeur,” as arranged by Tucker Biddlecombe.
The “Patterns” section will present “Hymn to the Dawn” and “Hymn to the Waters” from Gustav Holst’s Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Op. 26, and “Patterns in the Snow” by Mari Ésabel Valverde.
The closing section of this concert, “Poetry,” will include “Voice on the Wind” by Sarah Quartel, “Weep No More” by David Childs, and then the spiritual “John Saw Duh Numbuh,” as arranged by André Thomas.
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.