Because of the coronavirus pandemic, musical performances before live audiences of the general public will not be held until conditions warrant. However, the Department of Music is continuing its series of online presentations. Links will be posted at www.frostburg.edu/concerts.
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Unless otherwise noted, concerts are free to view online. For info, contact FSU’s Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
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FSU’s Department of Music Presents Percussion Ensemble and Choral Artists in Livestreamed Joint Concert
The Frostburg State University Department of Music will present the Percussion Ensemble and Choral Artists in their second spring livestreamed joint concert on Friday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. from FSU’s Pealer Recital Hall. This event is free to view online. The link will be posted at www.frostburg.edu/concerts.
Directed by Dr. Mackenzie Jacob LaMont, the Percussion Ensemble consists of Ryan Barber, Jacob Hunt, Kamonte Johnson, Nora Kopit, Joseph Louie, and Matthew Payne. They will be joined by guest performers Deandre Cook, Cheyenne Jeffries, Julia Seddon and countertenor soloist Andrew Hartnett.
The concert will open with the FSU Percussion Ensemble performing “Angels of the Apocalypse” by David R. Gillingham. The first half will conclude with the Percussion Ensemble and Choral Artists performing LaMont’s “The Lord’s Prayer.” The second half will open with the FSU Chamber Singers, University Chorale and Troubadours Tenor-Bass Choir, directed by Dr. Scott Rieker, performing Franz Biebl’s iconic “Ave Maria,” and the concert will conclude with the two groups performing Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms.”
Gillingham has an international reputation for the pieces he has written for band and percussion; he is a professor of music at Central Michigan University. His “Angels of the Apocalypse” was inspired by the Biblical book of “Revelation” and contains sections inspired by the opening of the Seventh Seal, as well as angels blowing trumpets to bring about the end of the world. It ends, however, in a positive light, representing a religious apotheosis.
LaMont wrote “The Lord’s Prayer” in 2011. It was designed to give listeners of different religious/secular backgrounds the ability to hear a variety of messages. It can be taken as a “call to reason,” for practitioners to listen to what their faiths actually preach (caring for others, being good citizens), a critique of Christianity or a programmatic story of a group’s journey through faith, doubt and resolution.
Prolific, but obscure, Bavarian composer Biebl composed his “Ave Maria” for a seven-part men’s choir. This setting of the Latin text of the Angelus prayer has become a staple of choral repertoire for its lyric beauty and lush harmonies, and Biebl eventually arranged it for mixed and treble choirs. The trio of soloists provide lyric counterpoint to the inexorable chordal movement of the larger ensemble, all of which are designed to draw the listener into a deeper relationship with the Divine.
For “Chichester Psalms,” Bernstein repurposed unused musical materials that he had previously composed, including two movements from his abortive collaboration on a musical rendition of Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth,” and the unused original opening for “West Side Story.” The resulting musical journey from unreflective and simplistic religion through trial and anguish to arrive at a place of humbleness before the Divine summarizes Bernstein’s attitudes toward belief. He held that true spirituality is found in humility and simplicity, and his compositions reflect that.
Friday, April 30 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Pealer Recital Hall, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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