CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 24, 2013 – The Southeast Missouri State University Choir and Chamber Choir will perform together at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.
“I hope the audience will be delighted with the variety of expressive and beautifully sung music. Some of the repertoire will transport the audience to other time periods and cultures. The majority of the repertoire will be sung a cappella. Both the Chamber Choir and the University Choir will sing selections with guitar accompaniment that feature two student guitarists, and two selections will use piano accompaniment that feature two student pianists,” said Peter Durow, Southeast assistant professor of music.
Both ensembles have already performed this semester, but the November event is the first full-length concert to feature both choirs.
“Although each choir has been active this semester, this concert will be a culminating event for both ensembles as they each perform a substantial amount of music that requires hours of study and practice. I hope that this performance will bring out the many choral music lovers and supporters in our area,” Durow said.
The performance will last an hour. Pieces will include Durow’s own setting of “There is No Rose,” “Come unto to Me” and “Ella’s Song,” by Bernice Johnson Reagon; “Come Sleep” by the young Australian composer Daniel Brinsmead; three Dowland songs with guitar accompaniment; and selections from Benjamin Britten’s opera “Gloriana.” Other pieces will include Dale Warland’s arrangement of “Tenting on the Old Campground,” Ronald Staheli’s arrangement of “How Can I Keep from Singing” and Andre Thomas’ arrangements of “Rockin’ Jerusalem.”
The choir also will perform pieces in other languages during the concert. Composer Pavel Chesnokov’s “We Have No Other Help” will be performed in its original Russian, and Morten Lauridsen’s “Dirait-on” will be sung in French. “Ubi Caritas” by Maurice Duruflé, Tomas Luis de Vittoria’s “Vere languores nostros,” “Caritas et Amor” by Z. Randall Stroope, “Adoro Te Devote” arranged by Stephen Caracciolo and “Alma Redemptoris Mater” by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina will be performed in Latin.
The University Choir includes 42 students and is open to all Southeast students by audition. It is the premiere vocal ensemble at the University. It focuses on music from the Renaissance era to the present.
The Chamber Choir features eight members, is open to majors and non-majors by audition, and performs choral music most appropriately sung by a small group. It focuses on music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651–2265. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.RiverCampusEvents.com.