FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University Concert Choir will present its spring choral concert, Sunday, April 15.
The performance will begin at 3 p.m. in the Hyman Fine Arts Center’s Kassab Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.
The concert will include a selection of choral music, opening with “Tango to Evora”arranged by Jon Washburn. This piecewas originally an instrumental one by the Canadian Celtic musician Loreena KcKennitt. Evora is an historical city in Portugal. In this version the choir sings only on syllables with a folk-like, but haunting melody. A plaintive soprano descant will be sung by Amber Wilks.
Next is “Lux Aeterna”by Brian A. Schmidt. This piece opens by prayerfully asking God to send his eternal light and will be followed by the song “Down In The Valley To Pray,” arranged by Michael S. Pettersen. This song was likely conceived in the early 1800s and can be found in the book Slave Songs of the United States, published in 1867, as the song “The Good Old Way.”It features soloists Amber Wilks and Brittney Sherman.
“Michelangelo’s On Beauty,” by Kurt Knecht, with a text by Michelangelo, is another selection the choir will sing, and it reflects deep spiritual appreciation for beauty and the desire it evokes.
The next selection is “Tell My Ma,” arranged by Jon Washburn. It is a playful setting of a traditional Irish children’s song, complete with hand-clapping and finger cymbals. It features soprano soloist Heather Cosson.
“The Size of Your Heart”by Eleanor Daley is another selection the choir will sing and the text is by Charles Miller. The choir will also sing this song at Francis Marion’s graduation ceremony, May 5.
Also to be sung is “Prayer of the Children,”by Kurt Bestor. It is a deeply moving tribute to the children of Bosnia which was given national and international prominence with Weston Noble and the Luther College Nordic Choir. It will feature violinist Christine Kao.
The concert will close with “A Stephen Foster Medley,”arranged by Jon Washburn. The medley includes Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair, Camptown Races, My Old Kentucky Home, Beautiful Dreamer, and Oh, Susanna. It features soloists Kyle Brazell, Jason Jones, Kiswana Salters, Stephanie Hobbs, Zac Calcutt, Rachel Miller, Alissa Dyne and Robert Jones.
The choir is under the direction of Sue Butler Orr, associate professor of music and choral director, and the choir will be accompanied on piano by Rebecca M. Culbertson, coordinator of benefits.
CONCERT CHOIR MEMBERS by hometown are:
Chapin: Casey Tyler
Charleston: Darcy Hall
Conway: Brittney Sherman
Dalzell: Rachel Miller
Dillon: Joey Webster
Florence: Zac Calcutt, Anita Jackson, Jason Jones, Robert Jones, Kiswana Salters, Lanell Timmons, Amber Wilks
Jefferson: Kinsey Sattane
Lake City: Tray Graham
Nichols: Stephanie Hobbs
Rock Hill: Melia Nader
Sumter: Heather Cosson, Alissa Dyne, Ashley Rodriguez, Lindsay Shull
Winnsboro: Kyle Brazell