Men's choral group to showcase original compositions
The Kansas University Men's Glee Club will debut two new compositions at its concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in First Presbyterian Church, 2415 Clinton Pkwy.
The centerpiece of the concert's first half will be "Sun with Hands for Rays," by KU student Todd Hershberger. Jeff Carter, director of the glee club, said the piece is the first choral work written by Hershberger, who has written mainly for instrumental groups.
"It's filled with the repetition of words," Carter said, adding that the composition emphasizes rhythm.
The second half of the concert will showcase "In Memoriam: Innocent Victims of Death," a work composed last week by KU student Ray Martin.
Carter said Martin wrote the work in response to a friend's recent death in a military helicopter crash, the fighting in Kosovo and the school shooting in Littleton, Colo. The composition uses techniques popular in the early 1900s to reflect that the world is still dealing with the same problems after a century.
"It's a wordless song," Carter said, adding that it uses tone clusters, a recurring melody and continuous chimes. "It's a haunting and heartfelt piece of music."
The rest of the concert includes male choir standards from the 20th century; music by Schubert, Grieg, Bruckner, Randall Thompson and Sigmund Romberg; and traditional KU songs.
The concert is free and open to the public.