FSU Chamber Singers and University Chorale to Present “Glossolalia: Singing in Tongues”
The Frostburg State University Chamber Singers and University Chorale, under the direction of Scott Rieker, will present their fall choral concert, “Glossolalia: Singing in Tongues,” on Friday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. They will be accompanied by pianist Dr. Joseph Yungen.
Choral masterpieces are found in every culture, and for this event, the FSU Chamber Singers and University Chorale will perform exciting choral works from the United States, France, Israel, Germany, England and many other countries, including Lili Boulanger’s renowned “Hymne au Soleil” and a new work, “Music in the Night,” by American composer Elaine Hagenberg.
“She represents the best, the most intimate and the most profound in my life,” wrote the famous piano teacher Nadia Boulanger of her younger sister Lili. When Lili Boulanger won the renowned “Prix de Rome” in 1913, she was the very first woman to be honored with this prize. Her far-too-early death in 1918 led to her music always being in the shadow of Debussy and Ravel when talking about impressionist music. Due to her individual musical language, her music’s diversity of color, its metaphorical content and its poetry, Lili Boulanger can be counted as one of Impressionism’s great artists.
Hagenberg is one of America’s most respected writers. The superb craftsmanship of her works is seen in “Music in the Night.” Scored for five-part mixed chorus and piano on a text of Harriet Prescott Spofford, this new piece reflects the power of music. Hagenberg’s compositions have been awarded and have been featured at All State festivals, national and regional American Choral Directors Association Conferences, the National Youth Choir at Carnegie Hall, the Melbourne International Choral Festival in Australia and the International Children’s Choir Festival in Canterbury and London, as well as performances in South Africa and Asia. With more than 40 commissioned works, Hagenberg has composed new music for the American Choral Directors Association Women’s Choir consortium, colleges and universities, community choirs and churches. She is the composer-in-residence for the Des Moines Choral Society and the Master Singers of Eau Claire, Wis.
Tickets will be available for purchase at the door (cash or credit card) and are $10 for general admission; $5 for seniors, veterans, and FSU faculty and staff; Free for students and children.
For more information, contact the Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
Friday, December 7 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Pealer Recital Hall, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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