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April 6, 2012
Two of Northwest Missouri State University’s vocal ensembles – the Tower Choir and the University Chorale – will perform their final concert of the academic year at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15, completing successful years for both groups.
The concert, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts, is free and open to the public.
The Tower Choir, conducted by Dr. Stephen Town, will perform Eric Whitacre’s thrilling “Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine” and Dr. Chris Gibson’s beautiful arrangement of “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair” for chorus and clarinet. Other numbers are “To the Mothers in Brazil: Salve Regina,” “Magnificent Horses (Fantasy on a Mongolian Folk Tune)” and “From Heaven Distilled a Clemency.”
The University Chorale, conducted by Dr. Brian Lanier, will perform a variety of music from Broadway and opera, including Aaron Copland’s “Stomp Your Foot (The Tender Land)” Joseph M. Martin’s “The Awakening,” and Leonard Bernstein’s “Make Our Garden Grow (Candide)” and “Somewhere” as well as a medley of songs from “Les Misérables.” Soloists will include Katie Gregory, Cody Bradley, Brandon Preece, Alison Burch, Dan Rasmussen, Jordan Andrews, Andrew Rembecki, Becky Brown and Delaney McKenzie.
In the fall, the Tower Choir presented two invited concerts as the result of a peer-review, blind evaluation process, the 2011 National Conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colo., and the 2011 State Conference of the Nebraska Music Educators Association (NMEA) in Lincoln, Neb.
“The ensemble members continued to work during the spring semester, and the music it will present on its portion of the final concert of the year is – in a word – fantastic,” Town said. “While the success of the fall trimester concerts remain very much alive in my memory, I shall hope that the ensemble shows at its last concert why it was selected by such prestigious organizations to sing at their conferences.”
The University Chorale is Northwest's largest choral ensemble and is open to all students on campus. The Tower Choir is a select group of Northwest students who audition for the ensemble each fall and spring.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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