Love is in the air at spring choir concert

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April-01-2011
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The USAO Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Jan Hanson, entertains a full house in the Alumni Chapel. The choir will perform their Spring concert on April 5 in the chapel beginning at 7:30 p.m.

A concert featuring music from the Renaissance to the contemporary period will help kick off the season at the University of Science and Arts as the USAO Concert Choir presents its spring concert April 5 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is scheduled in the USAO Alumni Chapel and is free and open to the public.

The choir is scheduled to perform choral music in several languages including Latin, German and French. Themes of unrequited love are expressed in the tender song, “Mon Coeur De Recommande a Vous,” a French song from the 19th century. Performed in German, “Abenddruhe” by Mozart, describes quiet reflection at the close of the day as well as hope for tomorrow, said Dr. Jan Hanson, professor of music and director of the choir.

“Am Danaustrande” is another German song by Johannes Brahms, a leading composer of the Romantic period. The music, originally intended to accompany dancing (the waltz) is set for one piano and two pianists. The words, added later by Brahms, describe another scene of love unfulfilled -- the lover is infatuated with a “rosy-cheeked” maiden, held prisoner by a window, with “ten iron bars.”  Her suitor declares the bars to be a “joke” and he will “shatter them as though they were glass!”

Joseph Martin, a native of Texas, composed the a cappella Latin motet, “Adoro de devote,” based on the earliest type of notated song, Gregorian chant. The Latin text is both a statement of faith as well as belief in life after death -- “Sight, and taste, and feeling from us may depart, still, we hear Thy voice, inspiring every heart.”

USAO students Alex McCabe, tenor and Amanda Whitchard, soprano, will present the love duet, “Pur ti miro,” an aria or Italian song, from Claudio Monteverdi’s operatic masterpiece, The Coronation of Poppea. The duet will be accompanied by guitarists and senior music majors Mac Stephenson and Jason Hobbs, as well as Angela Krieger, cellist and an adjunct instructor in music at USAO.

The USAO Concert Choir is an ensemble of men’s and women’s voices. The choir rehearses three times each week and is made up of both music majors as well as singers from many different academic majors. The Concert Choir has performed with area schools and universities, including a performance in December when the group sang with local students from Grand, Lincoln and Intermediate Schools in Chickasha.

The Concert Choir has performed with the Festival of Arts and Ideas series on a regular basis for the past two years. Members of the choir have participated in national and state honor choirs, selected through a competitive and comprehensive audition process.

The conductors for the performance include senior music majors Joshua Smith and Alex McCabe along with Hanson. For more information, call 574-1298.