Cameron University Concert Choir to present holiday concert with Oklahoma City Handbell Ensemble

The Cameron University Concert Choir will present a holiday-themed program featuring the Oklahoma City Handbell Ensemble on Friday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. The festive event will be held at the First Presbyterian Church located at 1302 S.W. A Avenue in Lawton. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens, military members, and students. CU students, faculty, and staff are admitted at no charge with CU-ID. Tickets can be reserved by calling 580-581-2346.

“We are thrilled to be able to present Cameron students as well as the Oklahoma City Handbell Ensemble for this collection of holiday music,” says Dr. Christian Morren, Assistant Professor of Music and director of the CU Concert Choir. “Lawton’s First Presbyterian Church has graciously allowed us to sing in their space, which enhances the sound of the choir and brings this beautiful music to life.”

Morren says that choosing the selections for this performance was easy, given the amount of beautiful choral repertoire that is being composed and arranged today. “Our students have taken to the music and are performing it beautifully,” she says.

The performance will include an arrangement of “Silent Night” by Dan Forrest. Morren, who calls the performance of this traditional holiday song “simply stunning,” shares that Forrest’s arrangement is unlike traditional arrangements and presents the song in a way that people haven’t heard before.

Also on tap is Samuel Barber’s arrangement of “Sure on this Shining Night," based on a poem by James Agee with music composed by Morten Lauridsen.

“Agee wrote the poem during the Great Depression when things seemed hopeless,” Morren says. “The song reflects the beauty of the winter night and hope for the future like no other song I know.” 

Other selections include “The Winter's Night” by Nicholas Myers, and “The Holly and the Ivy” by John Rutter.

The CU Concert Choir and the Oklahoma City Handbell Ensemble will combine for “Ring out Ye Bells.” The guest ensemble will also perform additional holiday tunes.

“I’m so excited to have the Oklahoma City Handbell Ensemble joining us,” says Morren. “The ensemble’s conductor, Venita MacGorman, is one of my great mentors. It’s a joy to collaborate with her for this performance.”

The Oklahoma City Handbell Choir has been exploring a wide range of music from sacred, secular, classical, and pop styles, since 2008. They are committed to advancing the musical art of handbell/handchime ringing through concerts, education and community.

The concert is sponsored by the Cameron University Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts.

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Members of the CU Concert Choir are listed by hometown.

Altus:  Destiny Abila

Cache:  Heather Martin

Comanche:  Rachel McCurry

Duncan:  MiKayla Stephenson

Elgin:  Marcus Goodwine, Veronica Squire

Lawton/Fort Sill:  Cody Anderson, Khalil Cabrera-Todaso, Christina Carpenter, Samantha Cook, Celita Conzalenz, Araia Heathcoat, Isaiah Hernandez, Paige Mabry, Peter Macias, Claudia Murillo, Corbyn Naumann, Mena Stone, Chloe Patterson, Noah Rivera, Reagan Williams, Jason Villarreal

Walters:  Conrad Clark

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November 26, 2019