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 Eakin
  • To the Field of Stars by Gabriel Jackson

The program will use a variety of accompaniments, including organ, solo cello, percussion, celeste and string septet.

December 5, 2017 7:309pm : Fall Concert- CIU Choral Union and SIU Concert Choir at Shryock Auditorium, Carbondale, IL


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German Requiem (Deutsches Requiem)- spring concert 2017

walking1This 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, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

There will be two performances of this program:

April 22, 2017 7:309pm : Spring Concert, 2017 at The Carson Center, Paducah, KY

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra, Raffaele Ponti, Artistic Director & Conductor, will perform The German Requiem by Johannes Brahms, featuring the SIU Choral Union & the SIU Concert Choir, Dr. Susan Davenport, Conductor.

 

May 2, 2017 7:309pm : Spring Concert, SIU Choral Union and SIU Concert Choir at Shryock Auditorium, Carbondale, IL

The SIU Choral Union & the SIU Concert Choir, with Dr. Susan Davenport conducting, will perform The German Requiem by Johannes Brahms, accompanied by Drs. Yuko Kato and Junghwa Lee on two pianos.
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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 Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra will join the SIU Choral Union and Concert Choirs for this concert.

December 6, 2016 7:309pm : Fall Concert, 2016 at Shryock Auditorium, SIU Carbondale

Choral Union & Concert Choir, Fall 2016 Concert, featuring the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Edward Benyas, Music Director
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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 was commissioned to write Chichester Psalms by the cathedral, the Handel pieces are performed there quite often, Weelkes was an organist there (400 years ago!) and Holst is even buried there.

This concert will be May 3, 2016 7:309pm at Shryock Auditorium, SIU Carbondale

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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:desert harp

  • Carols and Lullabies of the Southwest by Conrad Susa, accompanied by harp, marimba, and guitar
  • A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, accompanied by harp

 

This concert will be December 8, 2015 7:309pm at Shryock Auditorium, SIU Carbondale

 

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Soul Singing- spring concert, 2015

cotton field with bridgeThe 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 Chariot
Jester Hairston – Steal Away
William Dawson – Soon Ah Will Be Done
Moses Hogan – Music Down In My Soul (for women’s voices) and Go Down Moses (for men’s voices)
Rosephanye Powell – The Word Was God
Jeffery Ames – Let Every Thing That Hath Breath
May 5, 2015 7:309pm : Choral Union & Concert Choir, Spring 2015 Concert at Shryock Auditorium, SIU Carbondale

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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 the Mass in B Minor by J.S. Bach
  • Agnus Dei by Samuel Barber (based on a movement from his Adagio for Strings)
  • In Terra Pax by Gerald Finzi
  • Armed Man, Benedictus, and Better is Peace from Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, by Karl Jenkins

The Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra will join the SIU Choral Union and Concert Choirs for this concert.

December 2, 2014 7:309:30am : Fall Concert, 2014 at Shryock Auditorium, SIU Carbondale

Choral Union & Concert Choir, Fall 2014 Concert, featuring the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Edward Benyas, Music Director
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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 7:309pm : Choral Gems of the Classical Era at Shryock Auditorium

Choral Union & Concert Choir, Spring 2014 Concert, featuring the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Edward Benyas, Music Director

 

 

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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 of Living by Aaron Copland
Simple Gifts arr. by David Brunner and Aaron Copland
I Thank You God by Gwyneth Walker

Nov. 25, 2013 7:30 – 9:30 pm : Choral Union & Concert Choir Fall Concert at Shryock Auditorium, SIU Carbondale
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Works based on the poetry of Walt Whitman- spring concert, 2013

Walt_WhitmanToward the Unknown Region by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Celebrations by Vincent Persichetti
Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking by Eric Stokes

 

April 25, 2013 7:309:30pm : Choral Union & Concert Choir Spring 2013 at Shryock Auditorium, SIU-C

Choral works based on the poetry of Walt Whitman.  Accompanied by the SIU Wind Ensemble
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