The Murray State University Women’s Chorus and Concert Choir will present a fall concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in historic Lovett Auditorium.
The 52-voice Women’s Chorus will open the concert with two sacred invocations, the first by Canadian composer Eleanor Daley setting a text by the medieval mystic Hildegard of Bingen while the second will be by Minnesota composer Libby Larsen from her “Missa Gaia” on a text by M.K. Dean.
They will be followed by a work by 27-year-old composer Zachary Moore on a text by Collen Carhuff.
In this work, the singers learn that music connects all things in the world, teaches us much more than singing and reminds us that “we are one.”
The choir will conclude with a contemporary work by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo setting a poem of Emily Brontë, “Days of Beauty,” and a new arrangement of the gospel piece “Down in the River to Pray,” arranged by Jace Wittig. Several soloists are featured.
The Murray State Concert Choir will present the second half of the program, beginning with “Gloria” by Randol Alan Bass. This contemporary setting features frequent meter, texture and dynamic changes.
It is followed by Francesco Durante’s setting of the “Magnificat, the Song of Mary.” The program continues with three settings of poems by Sara Teasdale. The first, “Peace,” is by Murray State composition student Tanner Jones.
The second is by Estonian composer Eriks Esenvalds, “Only in Sleep,” featuring Chloe Frisby, mezzo-soprano.
The last work in the set, “Joy,” is set for chorus and piano four-hands. Collaborative pianists Jared Heldenbrand and Jaron Klassen will be featured.
The concert will conclude with “Tshotsholoza,” a traditional African Freedom Song, the unofficial national anthem of South Africa arranged by Jeffrey Ames. This work includes tenor soloist Oliver Montgomery and djembe played by Chloe Frisby.
Nic Hawkins and Luke Weatherly, both of Paris, are members of the Concert Choir.
The choirs are conducted by Bradley L. Almquist, MSU director of choral activities. Admission is free.