TROY Concert Chorale to perform ‘Light and Life’ April 5

The performance takes place at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Troy.

The performance takes place at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Troy.

Troy University’s Concert Chorale will present its spring performance, “Light and Life,” Sunday, April 5 at 3 p.m. inside Troy’s First United Methodist Church.

This free concert features music by Handel, Vaughan Williams, Rutter, Elgar, Alfven, Lauridsen and Claudsen, among others.

“I actually began thinking about this program early last fall and was inspired by one of the lines from Egil Hovland’s ‘Glory of the Father’: ‘. . . and the life was the light of men,” said Dr. Diane Orlofsky, Director of Concert Chorale. “The intersection of two very visual words (light and life) lingered with me and I knew I wanted to program music that explored these two uplifting themes.”

TROY faculty member Dr. Sarah Wee collaborated with Concert Chorale and is featured on three of the selections.

“We also have an amazing opportunity to partner with TROY ballet faculty member and choreographer Dominique Angel, and two lovely dancers, on her visual interpretation of John Rutter’s ‘The Tree of Life,’” Orlofsky said. “I value collaborations with my colleagues — these shared experiences enrich all of us and illustrate the profound universality of artistic expression. This concert also happens to fall on Palm Sunday, so it is fitting that we celebrate musical themes of creation, renewal and illumination.”

Dr. John Jinright serves as the collaborative pianist for this concert and will join Orlofsky in welcoming guest conductor Bart Culpepper and undergraduate conductors Davis Whitfield and Samantha Finch. Student soloists are featured throughout this free performance as well.