NATCHITOCHES – The Northwestern State University Chamber Choir and Concert Choir will present a concert on Monday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.
Dr. Nicholaus B. Cummins conducts the Chamber Choir. Michael Rorex conducts the Concert Choir.
The program will include the premiere of “The Silver Swan” by Richard Burchard, which was commissioned by the Chamber Choir. The piece will be contrasted with a previous version of the song by Orlando Gibbons.
Burchard is associate professor of music and executive composer-in-residence at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. His portfolio includes over 100 commissioned works. Burchard’s choral music has been performed extensively throughout the Unites States with several premieres at state, regional and national events including American Choral Director Association and National College Choral Organization conferences. International premieres include Australia, Austria, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Portugal and Spain.
The choirs will perform three songs in sacred settings, “Nunc Dimittis” by Gustav Holst, “Dios Te Salve Maria” by Burchard and “Alleluia” by Józef Karai. The choirs will sing “Rainsong” by Houston Bright, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” by Rodgers and Hammerstein, “Sinnuh, Please Don’t Let Dis Harves’ Pass” arranged by Eugene Simpson, “In That Great Gettin’ Up Mornin’” arranged by Eli Villanueva, “When I have Sung my Songs to You” by Ernest Charles and arranged by Timothy Seelig and “Love Changes Everything” by Andrew Lloyd Webber and arranged by Ed Lojeski.
The premier vocal ensemble at NSU, the 36-member Chamber Choir is comprised of the top vocalists at Northwestern State. Each December, the Chamber Choir performs their “Lessons and Carols” service at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, which has become a Natchitoches tradition. The ensemble has sung at state ACDA and LMEA conventions, performed by invitation at Carnegie Hall, and recently placed second in the Laurea Mundi Budapest Choral Competition earlier this year.
The Concert Choir is a select, auditioned mixed ensemble of 48 singers that performs traditional and contemporary choral literature. The Concert Choir sings a concert each semester and is the featured choir in the revived holiday tradition of the Community Christmas Carol Sing-along, which is performed with area church choirs.