Friday, November 14, 2008
The University of West Georgia will present the annual Fall Choral Concert featuring the UWG Concert Choir and UWG Chamber Singers on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 8:15 p.m. in the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts. The event is free and the community is invited to attend.
Under the direction of Dr. Kevin Hibbard, professor of music and chair of the Department of Music, the concert will be a delightful exhibit of musical genres and time periods.
The Concert Choir will perform traditional baroque and classical choruses, upbeat Spanish pieces with Latin rhythms and a rollicking rendition of “What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor.”
The Chamber Singers will perform unaccompanied pieces in Latin, Italian and English, including two contemporary madrigals by William Hawley, both reminiscent of the Renaissance.
“These beautiful madrigals were made famous by the well known a cappella group Chanticleer,” said Hibbard. “One of the madrigals is in 10 parts, which allows for some exquisite cascading effects.”
Madrigals are songs written for four to six voices and were first developed in Italy in the 16th century, later becoming popular in England during the 16th and early 17th centuries.
The concert will also include a performance of “The Lamb” by Georgia composer Curtis Bryant, whose music is often heard on Georgia Public Television. Bryant’s larger piece, “The Builders,” was commissioned by UWG for the dedication of the Townsend Center and was last heard during the university’s bicentennial celebration.
The Chamber Singers’ selections will conclude the evening with “Embraceable You” and “Mood Indigo.” Accompaniment will be provided by Jan Adams, instructor of piano; Dr. Doug Overmier, associate professor of music and director of bands; and percussion student Adam Wolfe of Carrollton.