University Choir Presenting Spring Concert April 15 in Former First Baptist Church

The Department of Music at Southeast Missouri State University will present its annual spring concert of the University Choir at 8 p.m. April 15 in the former First Baptist Church. 

The University Choir is conducted by John Egbert.

The former First Baptist Church is located at 926 Broadway, between Pacific and Henderson. Admission to the concert is free, and ample parking is available at the church.

The concert opens with “Love: Agony and Ecstasy,” a group of exquisite pieces by contemporary composers whose texts — by literature giants Shakespeare, Burns, Rosetti and others — are associated with the topic of love. The group of songs includes such favorites as “For thy Sweet Love,” “Oh My Luve’s Like a Red, Red Rose,” and “Come to Me in the Silence of the Night.”

Song of Hope and Faith features music ranging from early American hymn tunes to contemporary gospel, and expresses man’s continuous search for inner peace through his faith.  The set features such old favorites as “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need,” such spirited contemporary pieces such as “A New Song,” and such well-known gospel settings as “Cool of the Day” and “Down by the River to Pray” (from the motion picture “O Brother, Where Art Thou”).

University Choir accompanists are Diane Wicker and Tim DePriest, piano. Joining them will be special guest instrumentalists Mary Miller, organ, Chaddie Fruehwald, harp, Robert Fruehwald, flute, Sara Sisk, oboe, and Joe Obermark, French Horn.