The Troy University Concert Chorale will perform its fall concert, “Perspectives: Heaven to Earth,” at Bush Memorial Baptist Church on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.
The 37-voice mixed choir will perform five pieces, each using two or three different musical treatments.
Special guests include Dr. James Brown, Dr. John Jinright, Dr. James Seay and the Oxford High School Concert Choir, under the direction of Holly Luke.
Brown will be the featured tenor soloist for Charles Gounod’s “Sanctus”. This piece will be paired with a more contemporary setting of the same text by Norwegian composer, Ola Gjeilo.
“We are pleased to welcome 60 members of the Oxford High School Concert Choir to be guests on this concert,” said Dr. Diane Orlofsky, Conductor of the Concert Chorale. “Their choral program features over 100 singers that participate in a variety of ensembles, including concert choir, OHS Sound show choir, men’s choir and women’s choir, and choirs in their program have consistently received superior ratings in local and state choral events.”
OHS will be singing “A Classic Christmas” by Douglas Wagner, and the high school singers and Concert Chorale will combine forces for André Thomas’ “Gloria.”
Other pieces include: two other treatments of the “Glory to God in the Highest” text (by Randall Thompson and Craig Courtney), settings of the vesper hymn text “Ave Maris Stella” (by Edvard Grieg and Trond Kverno), and a pairing of early chant and a contemporary interpretation of “O Virga Mediatrix” (by Australian composer David Basden).
Dr. James Seay will guest conduct two versions of “O Nata Lux” (by Tallis and Clausen). Seay is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Montgomery Chorale and the Director of Music and Arts at FUMC, Montgomery.
While this concert is free and open to the public, donations will be accepted as part of the “Chorale to Carnegie” fundraising campaign.
“I urge folks to get there early to get a good seat. I love the variety of this program, the chance to welcome a talented young choir and special guests to our stage, and I look forward to another opportunity to celebrate the vibrancy and power of sacred choral music,” Orlofsky said.