Masterworks to perform the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein

April 15 2008

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Indiana State University Masterworks Chorale, under the direction of Scott Buchanan, will present the classic tunes from the most beloved musicals written by legendary duo Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II at 3 p.m. April 20 in Tilson Auditorium.

For decades, the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein has been a mainstay on stages all over the world. Known as one of the finest song writing teams in the history of musical theater, the two collaborated on many projects during the middle portion of the 20th century. Included on the program on Sunday’s concert will be selections from “Oklahoma,” “The Sound the Music,” “Carousel,” “The King and I,” “State Fair” and “South Pacific.”

“This program is a little out of the ordinary for this group,” Buchanan said. “We usually perform larger works that are more classical in nature.”

In recent semesters Masterworks members have performed some extremely difficult repertoire -- Haydn’s “The Seasons,” “Carmina Burana” and “King David.” I thought it was time to lighten things up a little,” Buchanan said.

“I have a great passion for musical theater, especially the classics. I find it interesting that even though the story lines and characters are somewhat dated, the songs from these musicals are still so well-known,” he added.

Sunday’s performance will feature Indiana State music faculty members Peggy Balensuela, mezzo-soprano; Colleen Davis, soprano; Lisa Lowry, soprano; and tenor David Mannell. Also featured will be baritone Mark Gilgallon, a voice instructor at Butler University.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students (K-12). ISU students will be admitted free with a valid student ID. For more information, call the ISU choral music office at 812-237-4590.

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Contact: Scott Buchanan, ISU Director of Choral Activities, (812) 237-4590 or mibuchan@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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The Indiana State University Masterworks Chorale, under the direction of Scott Buchanan, will present the classic tunes from the most beloved musicals written by legendary duo Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II at 3 p.m. April 20 in Tilson Auditorium.

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