FSU Chamber Singers and University Chorale to Present “The Poet Sings: Choral Settings of Poetic Masterworks”
The Frostburg State University Chamber Singers and University Chorale will present their spring choral concert, “The Poet Sings: Choral Settings of Poetic Masterworks,” on Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center.
Inspired by the timeless poets such as William Shakespeare, Langston Hughes, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Miquel de Cervantes, Robert Frost, Ted Kooser and more, this concert will present choral settings of texts that transcend the spoken word and lift the listener into the sublime world of song. It will feature faculty soloists Gregory Scott Stuart, baritone; Dr. Deborah Caldwell, on trumpet; Cecilia Buettgen, on French horn; Dr. Karen Lau, on cello; and pianist Dr. Joseph Yungen.
The University Chorale will present “Heart, We Will Forget Him,” arranged by James Mulholland. It is based on a romantic poem by Emily Dickinson and a favorite among choirs. This will be followed by “The Road Not Taken,” by Randall Thompson and “La biche,” by Paul Hindemith. The ensemble will then perform “The Lamb,” by John Tavener, followed by “Laudate Dominum,” by Antonio Vivaldi. The chorale will finish its performance with “Three Madrigals,” by Emma Lou Diemer, a three-movement piece with text by William Shakespeare, and “Hold Fast to Dreams,” by Roland Carter, based on a Langston Hughes poem.
The FSU Chamber Singers will perform a varied repertoire of choral works, beginning with “Sure on the Shining Night,” by Samuel Barber. It is based on untitled lyrics from James Agee’s first collection of poems, “Permit Me Voyage.” This will be followed by “Go Lovely Rose” by Halsey Stevens and “Ted Kooser Suite” by Scott Rieker. Afterwards, “Little Man in a Hurry,” by Eric Whitacre will be performed. It is the last in Whitacre’s setting of five e.e. cummings poems titled “The City and the Sea.” Next up is “Beherzigung,” by Johannes Brahms, followed by “Sancho Panza,” by Rodolfo Halfter, from “Tres Epitafios.” The ensemble will complete the global tour with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Beat Beat Drums,” based on a Whitman poem that describes the drums and bugles of war, and “Reconciliation,” a Whitman poem from “Dona Nobis Pacem.”
Tickets are $10 for general admission; $5 for seniors, veterans and FSU faculty and staff; and free for students and children 12 and younger. For more information, contact the Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Pealer Recital Hall, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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