Spring Concert Features Choir, Chamber Singers

Monday, April 7, 2008

The Department of Music at the University of West Georgia will host a Spring Choral Concert featuring the UWG Concert Choir and Chamber Singers on Tuesday, April 22, at 8:15 p.m. in the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts. The event is free and the community is invited to attend.

Audiences will be treated to a trip through time when the two choral ensembles perform pieces from the Renaissance period to modern day Broadway. Dr. Kevin Hibbard, professor of music and chair of the Department of Music will direct the concert.

A “Geographical Fugue,” composed by Ernst Toch, asks the choir to name global locations through a rhythmic chant. The four parts are structured in the form of a fugue, presenting a considerable rhythmic challenge for the choir.

“Sigalagala,” a spiritual from the Kenyan Luo ethnic group, uses a high pitched wailing that was historically a battle cry, a mourning call or a celebration.

Other music includes compositions from Lithuania, Europe and the United States. Selections will include a Renaissance motet by Jacob Arcadelt, contemporary motets by Vytautas Miskinis and Noel Goemanne, a Bach motet and a Handel oratorio chorus.

Show tunes include “The Impossible Dream” from “Man of La Mancha” and “Under the Sea” from “The Little Mermaid.”

The concert will close with both choirs singing a gospel rendition of “True Light” by Keith Hampton. The piece was featured in the 2008 Georgia All-College Chorus that was conducted by Hampton with the UWG Chamber Singers participating.

For more information, call 678-839-6516.