Missouri S&T choirs explore the idea ‘Why Do We Sing?’ in fall concert

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On November 6, 2019

The S&T choirs performing. Photo submitted by John Francis.

Missouri S&T’s arts, languages and philosophy department will present their fall choir concert this November.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall, located at the corner of 10th and Main streets on the Missouri S&T campus. The concert will be directed by Lorie Francis, an associate teaching professor of music.

The University and Chamber Choirs will perform a set of pieces to answer the question “Why Do We Sing?” Songs performed by both choirs include “Let the Music Fill Your Soul” by Jacob Narverud and Robert Bode, “Since I Laid My Burdens Down” arranged by Kyle Pederson, “I Lived” by Ryan Tedder and Noel Zancanella, “I Carry” by Eric Whitacre, “Tree of Life” by Mack Wilberg and more.

“In researching a topic for our choral performance this fall, I found I had a question – why do we sing? Literally everyone can sing,” says Francis. “From the time we are born, humans sing. These melodies or songs we sing at a very young age may or may not be tuneful, but it’s natural for all human beings to sing. I decided to come up with a few ‘reasons’ why we sing – some are obvious while others may not be – and plan our program around our answers to the question ‘Why Do We Sing?’”

Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door for the public and free to youth, ages 18 and under, and Missouri S&T students with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday from the Leach Theatre Box Office, located inside the main entrance to Castleman Hall, facing 10th Street. Tickets can also be purchased online at leachtheatre.mst.edu or by calling 573-341-4219. Service fees may apply to tickets purchased online or by phone.

For more information on the performance or Missouri S&T’s performing arts programs, call the performing arts office at 573-341-4185.

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