Archive for Thursday, October 7, 1999

SIX CHOIRS COMBINE FOR LIED PERFORMANCE

October 7, 1999

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The program will include performances by Kansas University's choirs as well as community singers.

Six Kansas University choral groups will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Lied Center.

"The Elements" is the concert's theme and will include performances by the University Singers, KU Women's Chorale, KU Men's Glee Club, KU Concert Choir, Inspirational Gospel Voices and Meli Melomane, a Haitian men's group.

The University Singers, conducted by Gary Weidenaar, will open with "Rainsong," a 1957 work by Houston Bright, former composer-in-residence at West Texas State University.

The rest of the University Singers' program includes "O Sifuni Mungu," by David Maddux, Marty McCall and Mmunga Mwenebulongo Mulongoy, performed in Swahili and English with percussion by Meli Melomane and bird calls by the singers, and "Shenandoah," a seven-voice setting of the traditional folk song.

The KU Women's Chorale, directed by Catherine Parrill, will sing "Five Haiku on Rain," by David Evans, a work connected by the common thread of water and featuring poems from "A Chime of Windbells"; two selections from "Vier Lieder aus dem Jungbrunnen," by Johannes Brahms; "I Will Be Earth," by Gwyneth Walker, one of six songs for women's voices written to poems by Mary Swenson; and "Give Way, Jordan," a spiritual.

The Inspirational Gospel Singers, led by Terrell L. McTyer, Alison Case and Jermaine Marshall, will perform "Rain Medley," which includes "It Rainin" and "Melodies from Heaven," by Kirk Franklin, and "God of Mercy," by John P. Kee.

Meli Melomane, also directed by Parrill, will sing "Qui n'a senti qu'une flamme," a chanson by Jacques Arcadelt; "At the River," by Aaron Copland; and "Vamuvamba," a traditional Tiriki melody.

The Men's Glee Club, directed by Lincoln Andrade, will perform "Mentre Fia Caldo II," by Luca Marenzio; "Angels in the Wind," by Allen Koepke; "Wade in the Water," a spiritual; and "Estrela e Lua Nova," by Heitor Villa-Lobos, featuring soloists Hugo Vera and Andrew Thomas.

The KU Concert Choir, directed by James Daugherty, will close the concert with "Sicut Cervus," by Giovanni da Palestrina; "Canticle of Brother Sun," by Grayston Ives and set to text by St. Francis of Assisi; "Choose Something Like a Star," by Randall Thompson and set to a Robert Frost poem; and "Notes," by George L. Mabry and featuring soprano Wendy Zaro.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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