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Carmina Burana- spring concert, 2018

This semester’s program includes Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Make Our Garden Grow, from Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. The SIU Wind Ensemble will accompany, and the SIU Concert Choir and Kaskaskia College Concert Choir will also share the stage. April 30, … Continue reading

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To the Field of Stars- fall concert 2017

The program will feature music, old and new, which points us to the heavens. The Heavens are Telling the Glory of God from Haydn’s oratorio The Creation Seek Him That Maketh the Seven Stars by Jonathan Dove Stargazing by James … Continue reading

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German Requiem (Deutsches Requiem)- spring concert 2017

This choral masterpiece, rather than using the Latin text of a funeral mass service, sets lyrical and evocative psalms and other texts from the Lutheran Bible.  One excerpt from the first movement translates as: He that goeth forth and weepeth, … Continue reading

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Carols Old and New: Carols from the 16th Century to the Present- fall concert 2016

The program will include: Gaudete (16th c carol), anonymous Messe de Minuit pour Noel, Marc-Antoine Charpentier   (Midnight Mass for Christmas, based on French carols, sung in Latin) Gloria, Randol Alan Bass A Feast of Carols, Randol Alan Bass   The … Continue reading

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Chichester Cathedral Connections: Singing the Psalms, spring concert 2016

The program will include: Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms (listen to a sample) Two of  G.F. Handel’s Coronation Anthems, The King Shall Rejoice and Let Thy Hand be Strengthened. Gustav Holst’s Psalm 148  (listen to a sample) Some motets by Thomas Weelkes The Chichester tie-ins?  Bernstein … Continue reading

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Carols and Lullabies of the Season- fall concert, 2015

The program, which features the SIU Choral Union & the SIU Concert Choir, will be two works for the Christmas season which feature harp accompaniment: Carols and Lullabies of the Southwest by Conrad Susa, accompanied by harp, marimba, and guitar … Continue reading

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Soul Singing- spring concert, 2015

The program will be a retrospective of the development of the spiritual in America, by African-American composers from William Henry Smith to Jester Hairston to William Dawson and others. Robert Ray – Gospel Mass William Henry Smith – Ride the … Continue reading

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Dona Nobis Pacem- fall concert, 2014

Peace on Earth.  The idea has been inspiration for as long as people have made music.  This program will feature a variety of works on the theme, from the 18th century to the 21st: Gloria and Dona Nobis Pacem from … Continue reading

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Choral Gems of the Classical Era- spring concert, 2013

On the program: Te Deum by Franz Joseph Haydn Requiem in D minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart April 29, 2014 7:30 – 9pm : Choral Gems of the Classical Era at Shryock Auditorium Choral Union & Concert Choir, Spring 2014 … Continue reading

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Singing a Thankful Song- fall concert, 2013

Fitting to the season, the program will be comprised of works of thanksgiving. Deo Gratias by Benjamin Britten (from Ceremony of Carols) American Thanksgiving by Carol Barnett We Gather Together by Stephen Paulus Pilgrims’ Hymn by Stephen Paulus The Promise … Continue reading

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