Baylor University's A Cappella Choir to Perform in Concert

October 22, 2021
The Baylor University A Cappella Choir will present its annual fall concert on Friday, October 29, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, which is located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. This 50-voice mixed choir is conducted by Baylor’s Associate Professor of Choral Music and Director of Graduate Choral Studies, Dr. Brian A. Schmidt. The choir’s collaborative pianist is Joseph Li, Assistant Professor of Vocal Coaching, and its assistant conductors for this concert are graduate students Alex Gerleman and Thomas Quinlivan.
The program will open with Henning Sommerro’s setting of the Norwegian folk tune “Amen! Jesus han skal råde” (“Amen! Jesus, He Will Counsel”) and then “Kiida mu hing” (“Bless the Lord, O My Soul”) from Cyrillus Kreek’s Taaveti Laulud (“Psalms of David”).
Next will be “Komm, Jesu, komm” from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantata No. 229 and Harry T. Burleigh’s setting of the well-known spiritual, “My Lord, What a Mornin’.”
Two arrangements by Moses Hogan come next: “I’m Gonna Sing ’Til the Spirit Moves in My Heart” and then “Abide with Me.”
“Vinea mea electa” (“My Chosen Vineyard”) is the second piece in French composer Francis Poulenc’s four lenten motets from 1937, and it will be followed by two choral arrangements by John Leavitt of music from the pen of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams: his “Greensleeves” and “John Dory.”
The text of “Mo Li Hua” (“Jasmine Flower”) depicts the purity of love by highlighting the beauty of the jasmine. The A Cappella Choir will sing Chen Yi’s setting of this folk tune.
The oddly named “unaM udeB” is Laura Jekabsone’s playful arrangement of a Latvian folksong—but backwards!
And the program will close with “Ring Out, Wild Bells” from Jonathan Dove’s The Passing of the Year.
This 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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