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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Tower Choir

The Northwest Tower Choir, conducted by Dr. Stephen Town, will present a concert at the Basilica of Conception Abbey at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 7. (PHOTO BY DARREN WHITLEY/ UNIVERSITY RELATIONS)

Feb. 26, 2010

Tower Choir to perform concert at Basilica of Conception Abbey

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State Tower Choir will present a concert at the Basilica of Conception Abbey at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 7.

The concert, titled "Spiritual Reflections," will explore themes associated with the 2010 Regional Conference of the Mid-America Medieval Association (MAMA) to which it is connected.

Numbers will include "Personent Hodie" by Lara Hoggard (arr.), "A Prayer of the Middle Ages" by Howard Hanson, "Corale" and "Alla Rovescio" from Cantata Academica by Benjamin Britten, "Ubi Caritas" (for women) by Rupert Lang, "Lux Aurumque" (for men) by Eric Whitacre, "Veni, Sancte Spiritus" and "Agnus Dei - Lux Aeterna" (from Lux Aeterna) by Morten Lauridsen, "Faire is the Heaven" by William Harris, "Adoro te devote" (Gregorian Chant), and "Magnificat in G" by Charles Stanford.

"Together the songs offer a lovely variety of tempi, moods and languages," said Dr. Stephen Town, conductor of the Tower Choir.

The ensemble will be joined on three numbers by the world-renowned organist of the Community of Christ Temple and Auditorium, Dr. Jan Kraybill, who will play the magnificent instrument, built by M. L. Bigelow and Company. The organ, which dominates the south transept of the church, stands 35 feet high and contains 40 ranks with 2,009 pipes. In addition, the Tower Choir presentation will include Dr. Charles Badami, pianist, and brass, percussion, and handbells.

Conception Abbey is one of the wonders of the four-state region and beyond, and because of its $9 million dollar renovation in 1999, it is a very beautiful place, Town noted.

Free transportation for guests will be provided via a university bus. Because the bus seats 47 people, requests to the TRAVEL LIST will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis until the bus is full. Bus seats can be reserved by contacting Town at 660.562.1795 or

"Similar to recent concerts by the Tower Choir at Conception Abbey and at Clyde Convent, the March 7 presentation promises to be very special and we hope you can attend whether or not you travel on the pre-arranged bus or via your own vehicle," Town said.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468