The USAO Concert Choir will present a performance of choral music, ranging from sixteenth-century Renaissance madrigals to new music by young composers. The concert is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, in the Alumni Chapel at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
The concert will also feature pieces conducted by student directors.
The choir will perform under the direction of Dr. Jan Hanson, professor of music.
Robert Perou, a senior music education major from Elgin, will conduct “May Night” by German composer Johannes Brahms.
Hanson said that conducting is just one of Perou’s many strengths.
“Robert is an accomplished singer as well as an instrumentalist,” Hanson said. “Conducting the choir on this lovely portrait of nature set to music will represent one of the final flourishes of his training with our department and I’m so excited for him!”
Also conducting is Kendra Hollenbeck, senior music education major from Ardmore.
Hollenbeck will conduct “Set Me as a Seal,” arranged for chorus, piano and flute.
The piece adapts a well-known text from the Song of Solomon, as arranged by contemporary American composer Brad Nix.
Other highlights of the concert will include a Renaissance madrigal, a chorus from Mozart’s The Magic Flute and “Eliyahu Hanavi,” a Passover sung traditionally sung at Passover as well several a capella numbers.
The USAO Concert Choir is a mixed choral ensemble made up of students from a variety of academic majors, faculty.
Hanson said that the choir curriculum at the university is focused on presenting thoughtful and effective performances of challenging repertoire in original languages.
The Concert Choir is accompanied by Kate Sekula, special adjunct instructor in music.
More information about the concert can be obtained by calling 574-1298.