Baylor's Concert Choir Performs with Campus Orchestra

March 20, 2019
The Baylor University Concert Choir will present a joint program with the Baylor University Campus Orchestra on Tuesday, April 2, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. The 75-voice choir is led by Lecturer in Choral Music Stephen Gusukuma, and the 41-member orchestra’s conductor is Associate Professor of Music Education Michael Alexander. The organist is Jared Cook.
Opening the program will be the Magnificat in C major by Bohemian baroque composer Jan Dismas Zelenka. This choral work, with four soprano soloists, was written for the Dresden royal court around 1727. Its text, often referred to as “Mary’s song,” is taken directly from the first chapter of the Gospel of Luke.
Next to be performed is Ave Verum Corpus, K. 618, by the great Austrian master, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This piece was composed in the summer of 1791, only half a year before the composer’s death. Mozart composed Ave Verum Corpus for Anton Stoll, choirmaster in the town of Baden, where Mozart’s wife, Constanze, often visited the spa. Dr. Alexander will conduct.
Student conductor and accompanist John-Micah Braswell, a senior from Fort Collins, Colorado, will lead the Concert Choir in a performance of “Vere languores nostros” by the prominent sixteenth-century Spanish composer, Tomás Luis de Victoria.
Also to be heard are English composer John Ireland’s “Greater Love Hath No Man,” former Baylor choral director Donald Bailey’s textual setting of Rhosymedre by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, and “Fare Thee Well, Love” by American composer James Quitman Mulholland.
The program will close with Ryan Murphy’s arrangement of “Pilgrim Song,” a traditional American folk tune. The text speaks of the glory of heaven and the risen life.
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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