The Cameron University Concert Choir will be joined by Eisenhower High School’s Gentry Singers for “The Songs of Spring” on Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cameron University Theatre. The concert will include the premiere of “Lux Aeterna,” the winning submission in the Cameron Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts’ national choral composition contest. This event is open to the public at no charge.
“We are delighted to feature Eisenhower High School’s Gentry Singers,” says Dr. Christian Morren, conductor of the Cameron University Concert Choir. “It will be a bittersweet performance for the vocal ensemble, as their choral director, Debbie Wood, is retiring. She has had a profound impact on the arts community as a music teacher in Lawton Public Schools for more than 35 years.”
The CU Concert Choir will lead the program with “Stabat Matter” by Pergolesi. Mozart’s “Laudate Dominum” will feature Christine Kabrera, followed by another Mozart work, “Ave Verum Corpus.”
Twentieth century compositions will be featured next, including two compositions from John Rutter’s “Five Childhood Lyrics,” “Monday’s Child,” and “Sing a Song of Sixpence.” The Concert Choir will then perform “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho” arranged by Van A. Christy, and Norman Luboff’s arrangement of “Steal Away.”
A highlight of the concert will be the premiere of “Lux Aeterna,” the winning entry in Cameron University’s national choral composition contest. The piece was written for choir and piano by William D. Clyne, a classical guitarist from southern California who has also found success in music composition.
Following “Lux Aeterna” will be another Rutter composition, “Gaelic Blessing.”
April 17, 2019