The Baylor University Men’s Choir will present its annual spring concert on Tuesday, April 30, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. This remarkable, 96-voice choral ensemble is conducted by Professor of Church Music C. Randall Bradley, Director of the Church Music Program and Center for Christian Music Studies at Baylor University. The choir’s accompanist is Bryce Reed.
The program will open with “Baraka Za Mungu,” a traditional Swahili call-and-response song that describes the boundless nature of God’s blessings and love.
Daniel J. Hall’s “Invictus” (Latin for “unconquerable”) was inspired by English poet William Ernest Henley, whose recovery in the infirmary was the catalyst for this famous poem.
In 2011, the St. Olaf Festival in Trondheim, Norway, commissioned Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen to produce a choral piece. Arnesen chose “Even When He Is Silent,” an evocative text written on the wall of a World War II concentration camp in Cologne, Germany.
Felix Mendelssohn wrote his sacred choral work, “Adspice domine,” while he was working in Düsseldorf as director of church music.
“Sing Praises” was written by Lloyd Pfautsch, who was a composer, and long-time professor in sacred and choral music at Southern Methodist University.
“O Love that Wilt Not Let Me Go” is a hymn written by pastor and theologian George Matheson in 1882. Elaine Hagenberg has set it to her music and entitled it, simply, “O Love.”
Also to be heard on the program are “Music in the Air” (arranged by Ryan Murphy), “Glory” (Eugene Rogers), “All About That Bass” and “The Greatest Showman” (both very wittily arranged by Jordan Tucker), “Jesus Paid It all” (Robert Sterling), “We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace” (William Appling), and “Traveling Mercies” (Kurt Kaiser).
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.