Missouri University of Science and Technology choirs will present their Spring Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 11, in Leach Theater of Castleman Hall, 10th and Main streets in Rolla. Choirs performing include the University Choir and the Chamber Choir.
Tickets are $3 for the general public and free for Missouri S&T students and youth age 18 and younger. Tickets are available between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before the performance in the Leach Theatre Box Office, located in the lobby of Castleman Hall.
Pieces include the Taiwanese aborigine folksong “Happy Reunion,” arranged by Chuang-Shien Lu; “Set Me as a Seal,” by Rene Clausen; “Come Said the Muse,” by Emma Lou Diemer; “Water Night,” by Eric Whitacre, featuring poetry by Octavio Paz; “Gloria” from the Heiligmesse, by Joseph Haydn; “Shenandoah,” arranged by Howard Helvey; and “Praise His Holy Name,” by Keith Hampton.
“Set Me as a Seal” is a lyrical a cappella piece from Clausen’s “A New Creation.” Clausen continues the tradition of employing sections of recitative (words sung in a narrative style) and aria (a song for one or more voices), chorus and orchestra.
“Come Said the Muse” is based on the first verse of Walt Whitman’s poem, “Song of the Universal,” from his “Leaves of Grass” collection.
In keeping with the spring tradition, the second half of the program will include more contemporary songs and dancing by the choirs. Beginning with “Will it Go Round in Circles,” this portion will also feature arrangements of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Route 66.” Also on the program are “VoiceDance III” and “Chili con Carne,” which was made popular by the jazz vocal group The Real Group.
The concert will end with “Don’t Stop Believin,'” originally performed by Journey and made popular again on the television series “Glee.”
Several Missouri S&T students will be featured instrumentalists, including Alex Scott, a junior in aerospace engineering from St. Louis, on piano; Kyle Cooper, a junior in nuclear engineering from Reeds Springs, Mo., and Scott Kapshandy, a junior in mechanical engineering from Gassville, Ark., on guitar; and Ben Simpson, a freshman in engineering from Belle, Mo, on bass.
A reception will be held following the concert in Room 138 Castleman Hall.
The Missouri S&T choirs are conducted by Lorie Francis, a lecturer in the arts, languages and philosophy department at S&T.
For more information, contact the Missouri S&T performing arts office at 573-341-4185 or Francis at firstname.lastname@example.org.