Family Weekend Choral Concert

September 13, 2021
Baylor University’s Family Weekend will present six choral ensembles from the School of Music in concert on Friday afternoon, September 24. This concert will begin at 5:00 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building.
The program will open with Baylor’s award-winning jazz group, VirtuOSO, as directed by Stephen Gusukuma. VirtuOSO will sing an arrangement by Caleb Moore of Jess Glynne’s “Hold My Hand” (with Gabby Swinton as soloist) and then the John Brooks setting of Vienna Teng’s “Hymn of Acxiom.”
Next, Dr. Gusukuma will conduct the Women’s Choir in the Petar Liondev setting of the Bulgarian folk song “Kaval Sviri,” followed by Will Todd’s “The Lord Is My Shepherd.”
The Concert Choir, conducted by Lynne Gackle, will sing Susan LaBarr’s “I Should Be Glad” and an arrangement by Randy Haldeman of the Channel Islands folk song “Verduron.”
The Men’s Choir, led by C. Randall Bradley, will perform Dan Forrest’s “The Music of Living” and the Michael Barrett setting of the South African praise song “Modiomo.”
Dr. Gackle will conduct Baylor’s chamber choir of female voices, Bella Voce, in Kevin Memley’s “There Will Come Soft Rains” and Alexandru Pascanu’s setting of the popular Rumani-an folk tune “Chindia.”
Closing the program will be Dr. Schmidt leading the A Cappella Choir in performances of “My Lord, What a Mornin’,” as arranged by Harry Thacker Burleigh, and then Laura Jekabsone’s clever setting of the Latvian folk song “unaM udeB.” Her version of the song is sung in reverse, meaning that every word is pronounced backwards to create a fun novelty piece of world music.
This Family Weekend Concert is free of charge and open to the public. It is also available for livestreaming at baylor.edu/music/live.
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