October 23 2007
The program will feature the critically acclaimed ISU Concert Choir, under the direction of Scott Buchanan, director of choral activities. This is the opening concert of the year for the ensemble, which will end its season early next summer with an appearance at the Lucerne International Choral Festival in Switzerland. The ensemble will also perform in Lugano and Venice, Italy.
â€œThis talented group of singers may very well be the finest ensemble I have ever conducted,â€ said Buchanan. â€œThey have a wonderful, energetic spirit about them that really comes alive.â€
The Concert Choir will open the concert with â€œThe Creation,â€ a rock cantata composed in the 1970s which features piano, electric guitar, bass and drums. The choir will close the concert by performing two early motets by Palestrina and Lotti, and several works by contemporary American composers, including Kirke Mechem, Greg Jasperse, Joshua Shank, Richard Nance, and Mack Wilberg.
â€œWe are singing extremely diverse literature which requires them to change tone colors and make frequent adjustments in their performance personality,â€ Buchanan added. â€œItâ€™s not easy to do, but they are willing to experiment and try new things each and every day. Making music with this group is a fun process.â€
The Womenâ€™s Chorale and Sycamore Singers, both under the direction of Mark Carlisle, will also be on the program. The Womenâ€™s Chorale will feature works by Audrey Snyder, Victor Johnson, Peter Williams, and Earlene Rentz. The Sycamore Singers will offer selections by William Byrd, Hans Leo Hassler, Dale Warland, Craig Carnahan, and Philip Stopford.
Admission is free and open to the public, though donations toward the Concert Choirâ€™s European tour will be accepted. Additional information can be obtained by calling Wendy Cox at (812) 237-4590.
Contact: Scott Buchanan, director of Choral Activities, (812) 237-2763
Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Indiana State University Department of Music will present a Fall Choral Showcase on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church.