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Texas Tech University Hosts Spring Choral Concert

David Gay

March 21, 2018

Performers in the concert include the University Singers, the Women’s Chorale and the Matador Singers.

WHAT: The Texas Tech University School of Music will host the Spring Choral Concert.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday (March 23)

WHERE: Hemmle Recital Hall, 2624 W 18th St.

EVENT: The Texas Tech University School of Music, housed within the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts, will host the Spring Choral Concert, featuring the University Singers, the Women's Chorale and the Matador Singers.

The University Singers, conducted by School of Music graduate assistants Minji Kim, Justin Nelson and David Warren, will perform first with repertoire spanning from the Renaissance to the present day. The ensemble's performance includes “Dirait-on,” by Morten Lauridsen and “Pilgrim's Hymn,” by Stephen Paulus.

The Matador Singers, conducted by Nelson and School of Music graduate assistants Jonathon Barranco and Harrison Saldaña, will perform time-honored classics from the tenor-bass repertoire, including a selection from the Stephen Sondheim musical “Sweeney Todd.” They will close with a newly composed spiritual by Stacey V. Gibbs, “Dere's No Hiding Place Down Here.”

The Women's Chorale, conducted by Carolyn Cruse, associate director of choral studies, and graduate associate conductor Ryan Person, will close the concert with a “Choregie” staged production of “Ecstatic Songs: Texts from the Poems & Songs of Mirabai,” a dramatic, staged performance by David Brunner, director of choral activities at the University of Central Florida. The original compositions are set to texts by Mirabai, the 16th-century mystic poet. Fusing dramatic elements of opera and musical theater, including staging, costumes and dramatic lighting with traditional choral singing, the idea of a “Choregie” production is to bring a heightened expression and greater intensity of experience and communication between choral singers and the audience.

Brunner also will host a residency at Texas Tech where he will collaborate in rehearsal with the Women's Chorale and lead sessions for undergraduate and graduate choral majors.

The concert is free and open to the public.

CONTACT: Carolyn Cruse, associate director of choral studies, School of Music, J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-5046 or carolyn.cruse@ttu.edu


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