April 20, 2017
The Texas Tech University School of Music will host the 41st Annual President’s Scholarship Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (April 29) at LakeRidge Methodist Church, 4701 82nd St.
The concert will feature performers from the Texas Tech Symphony Orchestra and all of the School of Music’s choirs: the University Choir, the Women’s Chorale, the Matador Singers and the University Singers. The concert is free to the public. A catered reception will follow the concert. Attendees can make tax-deductible donations to support School of Music scholarships.
The concert celebrates School of Music scholarship donors and recipients from the past year. The concert also is a preview of the invited performance that will be given by the Texas Tech Chamber Orchestra and University Choir at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City on Memorial Day (May 29).
The concert will showcase Johannes Brahms’ “A German Requiem” in English. The concept the performance highlights is that Brahms completed the piece in May 1868, the same month that Decoration Day (now Memorial Day) was established in the United States as a means of remembrance by decorating military graves with flowers.
The University Choir will perform Samuel Barber’s “Agnus Dei” from the “Ordinary of the Mass” as a prelude to the concert. Richard Bjella, director of choral studies, will direct the concert. Gerald Dolter, professor of voice; Rebecca Wascoe Hays, assistant professor of voice; and John Hollins, associate professor of voice, will join the concert as guest performers.
The School of Music is part of the J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts.
With more than 500 students, the size is ideal for creating larger ensembles as well as ensuring individual attention with private study.
Faculty includes a performing specialist on all band and orchestral instruments as well as piano, voice, organ, harp and guitar, and specialists in conducting, composition, electronic music, music education, musicology, world music and music theory.