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Choirs present spring concert

February 25, 2011 12:00AM

The Choirs of Pittsburg State University will present their annual spring concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 6. The 94 members of the University Choir, PSU Chorale, and PSU Jazz Choir will be under the direction of Dr. Susan Marchant. The event, which takes place in McCray Recital Hall, is free and open to the public.

Cagdas Soylar, choral graduate assistant in the Department of Music, will accompany the choir in a program of varied literature. Soprano Stella Hastings will be featured in the verse anthem "Turn thee unto me" by English Baroque composer John Blow. Instrumental soloists in the program will be Joanne Britz, saxophone, and Dalton Williams, flugelhorn. Other vocal soloists will include Andrew Hayse, Jayson Canton, Allison Rodriguez, and Erin Bentley. PSU percussion students will assist in the performance of the African work "Tshotsholoza."

This is one of two major concerts to be offered by the choral ensembles this semester. The season will conclude with a performance of Edward Elgar's "The Music Makers," Op. 69, on Sunday, May 1, at Pittsburg's First United Methodist Church. For that performance, the choirs will collaborate with the Southeast Kansas Symphony, community singers, and guest mezzo-soprano Gigi Mitchell-Velasco.

For further information about either of these events, contact the Department of Music at Ext. 4466.

The March 6 concert will be drawn from the following music:

"The Hundredth Psalm" - Ralph Vaughan Williams

"Os Justi" - Anton Bruckner

"Ain't got time to die" - Spiritual, arr. Fred Thayer

"Cockles and Mussels" - Irish Folk Song, arr. Jeremy Rawson

"How are things in Glocca Morra" (from "Finian's Rainbow") - arr. John Purifoy

"Tshotsholoza" - Traditional South African, arr. Jeffery Ames           

"Hold on!" - Spiritual, arr. Robert DeCormier

"Dover Beach" - Edwin Fissinger

"Turn thee unto me" - John Blow

"Reconciliation" - Stephen Chatman

"Chi la gagliarda" - Baldassare Donato

"Amazing Grace" - arr. Michael Hanawalt

"Simple Gifts" - arr. Yumiko Matsuoka

"On the street where you live" - arr. Kirby Shaw

"Skylark" - arr. Teena Chinn

"They say it's wonderful" - arr. Mark Brymer

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