Cameron University Concert Choir and Centennial Singers to present joint concert

The Choral Program of the Cameron University Department of Art, Music, and Theatre Arts will present a combined performance featuring the Cameron University Concert Choir and the Centennial Singers on Tuesday, October 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cameron University Theatre. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students/senior citizens. Cameron faculty, staff and students are admitted free with CU ID. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Art, Music, and Theatre Arts at 580-581-2346.

The Concert Choir, conducted by Dr. Christian Morren, will perform a repertoire consisting of both religious and secular music, and the Centennial Singers, conducted by Doris Lambert, will perform a slate of popular music.

“Christian and I were speaking recently about how important it is for our students to learn to use the technique they are developing in private lessons to adapt to the different styles of music they will sing during their singing career,” says Lambert.

“At Cameron University, music students function as a family and are there to support one another,” says Morren. “The faculty believes in the unique talents of each student, nurturing each one to be successful and to share the gift of music wherever they go. That’s what makes being part of the choir or any ensemble special.”

The repertoire of the CU Concert Choir, an ensemble made up of music majors as well as non-music majors, offers a little something for everyone, according to Morren.

“The Concert Choir performs for all musical tastes,” she says. “This performance includes a Shaker song, an opera chorus and spirituals and more.”

The CU Concert Choir will open with “Hark, I Heard the Harps Eternal,” a 19th century traditional Shaker hymn. “Sicut Cervus” by Italian Renaissance composer Giovanni da Palestrina, who had a lasting influence on the development of church music, and “Esto Les Digo”, a Spanish transcription of Matthew 18:19-20 by Kinley Lange, will follow.  Next the ensemble will perform “Cuckoo, Cuckoo,” a 2016 work by contemporary composer Dominick DiOrio, who incorporates text from Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour Lost” into a “jaunty little work”, according to the composer.

The audience will next hear “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” arranged by Daniel Elder for college choirs, and “Viva!”  from Mozart’s opera “Il re pastore.” The Concert Choir will conclude its performance with two spirituals, “Keep Your Lamps” and “God’s Gonna Set This World on Fire.”

The Centennial Singers will begin their portion of the concert with “The Star Spangled Banner” followed by “Unforgettable,” featuring soloists Natasha Scharfenberg and Tyler Bishop, both of Lawton.

“The music for this concert was chosen specifically to showcase the abilities of singers in the group this year,” says Lambert. “They must be very focused since, many times, every singer has a different part to sing independently. Many of them will have an opportunity to solo during the course of the concert.”

Following “Mas Que Nada,” soloists Tara Gill, Lawton, and Gabrial Caron, Altus, will take center stage on “You Will Be Found” from the Tony Award-winning musical “Dear Evan Hansen,” the biggest hit of the 2017 Broadway season. Cellist Dr. Kirsten Underwood will join the ensemble on “When October Goes (with Autumn Leaves),” a jazz vocal arrangement by  Paul Langford that combines the Johnny Mercer/Barry Manilow hit “When October Goes” with the jazz standard “Autumn Leaves.” The Centennial Singers will close their performance with “The Song is You.” Written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II for the 1932 musical “Music in the Air,” the song has become a pop standard, having been recorded by Dave Brubeck, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Vic Damone, Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassey and a host of others.

Members of the vocal ensembles are listed below by hometown. Some students are members of both ensembles.

Altus: Gabrial Caron

Comanche: Stacia Prucha

Lawton/Fort Sill: Haleigh Adams, Tyler Bishop, Mark Branson, Lorenzo Butler, Khalil Cabrera-Tosado, Christina Carpenter, Codie Cowan, Benitria Cunningham,Tara Gill, Celita Gonzalez, Ashley Hunter, NyAsia Jones, Corbyn Nauman, Kevin Newton-Salter, Matthew Ortner, Joshua Rodriguez, Stephanie Sabol, Natasha Scharfenberg, Mena Stone

Marlow: Dustin Payne

Newport, Rhode Island: Reagan Williams

Walters: Makayla Hiebert

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October 10, 2017