Women's Choir and Bella Voce in Baylor Concert

April 18, 2019
The Baylor Women’s Choir and Baylor Bella Voce will present a joint concert on Sunday, April 28, beginning at 3:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Seventh and James Baptist Church in Waco. The conductor of the 41-voice Women’s Choir is Lecturer in Choral Music Amy Allibon, and the conductor of the 27-voice Bella Voce is Baylor’s Director of Choral Activities, Lynne Gackle. Pianists for the choirs are, respectively, Marissa Carlson and John-Micah Braswell.
Opening the program, which is entitled “She Who Sings: A Celebration of Laud, Love, and Life,” is the Women’s Choir to sing “Dance into the Day” by Mark Patterson. Then, will come one of Gwyneth Walker’s collection of Songs for Women’s Voices, “I Will Be Earth.”
The Women’s Choir will perform Italian baroque composer Antonio Lotti’s “Vere Languores Nostros (“Surely, he has born our griefs and carried our sorrows”) and Z. Randall Stroope’s setting of “Psalm 23.”
Also to be heard from the Women’s Choir are Malcolm Dalglish’s “Reel à Bouche” and J. David Moore’s arrangement of “Music in My Mother’s House” by Stuart Stotts.
Bella Voce’s portion of the program will begin with “I Cannot Dance, O Lord” by Stephen Paulus and then Sean Ivory’s “The Peace of Wild Things,” featuring soloist Kathryn Steely, Baylor’s Professor of Viola.
English composer Gustav Holst wrote his massive collection, Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Op. 26, between 1908 and 1912. Bella Voce will sing four of the fourteen songs: “Hymn to the Dawn,” “Hymn to the Waters,” “Hymn to Vena,” and “Hymn of the Travellers.”
The program will close with Bella Voce’s performance of “Alleluia,” the first movement of Paul Basler’s five-movement set, Songs of Faith, from 1998.
This recital 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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