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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

April 15, 2010

University choirs to present concert April 18

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest's University Chorale and Tower Choir will present a program of music ranging from spirituals to classical to music written in the 21st century.

The concert will be at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 18 in the Mary Linn Auditorium of the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. The concert is free and open to the public.

The University Chorale's program will consist of "Missa Brevis No. 7 in B flat" by Franz Joseph Haydn; "The Turtle Dove" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, featuring a solo by Dan Rasmussen; "Ain't Got Time to Die" by Hall Johnson; and "Set Me as a Seal" and "Prayer," both by René Clausen.

The final piece, "Ode to Joy (An die Freude)" by Z. Randall Stroope, will feature Chorale members Rachel Cramer, Kat Famuliner, Michael Nay and Adam Wagner on percussion, and Cody Bradley on piano.

"The University Chorale will present a variety of musical styles, including classical music, spirituals and contemporary repertoire," Conductor Dr. Brian Lanier said. "Two pieces of particular interest are 'Prayer' by René Clausen which is a beautiful setting of a text from Mother Teresa of Calcutta and 'Ode to Joy' by Z. Randall Stroope, which is a thrilling piece for choir, four-hand piano, and percussion."

The Tower Choir's program will consist of "A Prayer of the Middle Ages" by Howard Hanson; "Bonorum summum omnium"/"Quae bene beateque" (from Cantata Academica, op. 62) by Benjamin Britten; "Ubi Caritas" by Rupert Lang, which is based on a Gregorian chant and will feature multiple treble voices and handbells; "Veni, Sancte Spiritus" (from Lux Aeterna) by Morten Lauridsen; and "Faire is the Heaven" by William H. Harris.

The Tower Choir, directed by Dr. Stephen Town, is an ensemble that meets three times a week, with auditions before the beginning of the fall and spring trimesters. Membership is based upon musical and vocal skills, rather than area of study.

The University Chorale is Northwest's largest choral ensemble and is open to all Northwest students. The Chorale is conducted by Dr. Brian Lanier, associate professor of music.

Dr. Charles Badami serves as accompanist for both choirs. Anne Schupp and Whittney Wilson are graduate assistants.

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