University Choir to Present Fall/Christmas Concert Nov. 20


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 31, 2003 — The University Choir of Southeast Missouri State University will present its annual Fall/Christmas Concert at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20 in Academic Auditorium.

Doors will open to the public at 7:15 p.m.

The Fredericktown High School Concert Choir, performing as a guest of the University Choir, also will perform. Choir directors are John Egbert and Lisa Lewis, and the University Choir’s accompanist is Diane Wicker.

The University Choir will open the concert with “British-American Connects,” performing “Let All the World in Every Corner Sing” (Vaughan Williams); “Agnus Dei” from “Missa Kenya” (Basler); “Aililiœ na Gamhna” (Mary McAuliffe); “Sleep” (Whitacre) and “I Vow to Thee, My Country from The Planets” (Holst).

Many arts patrons will recall McAuliffe’s spring 2001 visit to Cape Girardeau for the performance of her manuscript work for choir and orchestra, “Return to Old Ireland.”  The Choir’s performance of the traditional Irish folk song, “Aililiœ na Gamhna” is the premiere of McAuliffe’s new folk song setting.

The Fredericktown Concert Choir will perform a set of pieces selected from a variety of musical styles.

The University Choir will conclude the concert with “Sounds of Christmas,” which includes arrangements of such traditional favorites “How Far Is It to Bethlehem?” and “O Green and Shimmering Tree,” Baroque and Romantic standards “Verbum caro factum est” (Hassler) and “Advent Motet” (Schreck), plus 20th Century representatives “There Is No Rose” from Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” and “Hodie Christus natus est” (Willan).

Tickets are now available and can be purchased by calling the University Performing Arts Box Office. Tickets are $7 for the public; $6 for Southeast faculty, staff and senior citizens; and $5 for students. All tickets will be $7 at the door, but advanced tickets (with applicable discounts) are available by calling (573) 651-2265 or by stopping by the Performing Arts Box Office, located in the lobby of Rose Theatre.

Free concert shuttles will be provided to and from Academic Hall from several University parking lots on Henderson, running from approximately 7:15 until about 9:15 p.m.  The specific parking lots are:  Lot 52 (across Henderson from Cheney Hall), Lot 35 (next to Cheney Hall) and  Lot 1 (Dempster business building).

The University’s next choral concert is Tuesday, Dec. 2, when the University Choir, Choral Union, and Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra present Handel’s “Messiah.”  Tickets are on sale for “Messiah” and should be reserved quickly, as a sell-out concert is expected.