Chamber Singers in Spring Concert

March 26, 2019
Baylor University’s Chamber Singers will present their spring concert, called “Liederabend,” on Sunday, March 31, beginning at 3:00 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. This twenty-three-voice mixed choir is conducted by Brian A. Schmidt, Associate Professor of Choral Music. The assistant conductors are Parker Bowen and Andrew Eaton, and the accompanist is Jillian Gardner.
The program covers a broad array of lieder (art songs) that were composed for a small ensemble of singers. They range from one of the earliest significant collections of choral lieder by Franz Joseph Haydn, to the apex of Romantic lieder by Johannes Brahms, to more irreverent and comical modern interpretations.
Opening the concert will be two humorous songs from Haydn’s Mehrstimmige Gesänge, “Die Beredsamkeit” (“Eloquence”) and “Der Greis” (“The Old Man”).
Brahms’s Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103, are masterpieces of the late nineteenth-century choral literature. These are Hungarian folk songs, translated into German by Hugo Conrat, and the vocal and piano writing are representative of Brahms’s creative genius.
P.D.Q. Bach is the fictional “last and least offspring” of Johann Sebastian Bach, created by Professor Peter Schickele. His Liebeslieder Polkas, wittily scored for chorus and five-hand piano, will be accompanied by two members of the Baylor University music faculty, Lecturer in Piano Jani Parsons and Assistant Professor of Vocal Coaching Joseph Li.
The program will close with “OMG” from the comical #twitterlieder of James Eakin.
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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