The Frostburg State University Department of Music will present its annual Spring Choral Concert, "Music from Diverse Cultures," Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center's Pealer Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.
The program will feature the University Chorale and Collegium Musicum under the direction of Dr. Karen Soderberg and assisted by pianist Kimberly Andrews.
The University Chorale selections include Johann Michael Haydn's "Gloria et Honore" and "Prayers of Steel" by F. Melius Christiansen. Selections from Scandinavia include "Aftonen" and "A Maiden Is in a Ring" by Hugo Alfven (Sweden), "At Sunrise" by Toivo Kuula (Finland) and "Rondes" by Folke Rabe (Sweden).
The Chorale will also perform "Prayer of the Children" -- written by Kurt Bestor and arranged by Andrea S. Klouse -- which is a commentary on the innocent children caught up in the brutal war in Yugoslavia that splintered into warring factions between the Serbs, Croats and Bosnians. Other music includes "The Battle of Jericho," arranged by Moses Hogan, and "Bwana, Ni Nani Atakayekaa?" a Sukuma melody from Kenya, adapted and arranged by Boniface Mganga.
Collegium Musicum's performance will include "Yesu Wainyanza," a Luhya spiritual arranged by David Zalo Okuku and "Kaung'a Yachee," arranged by Boniface Mganga from Kenya. They will also perform Veljo Tormis's "Curse of Iron" featuring Aaron Torgerson, tenor, and Ken Odom, bass, with Shaman Drum, and "St. John's Song," from the cycle of "St. John's Day Songs for Midsummer Eve" from Hargla, Estonia. Collegium Musicum will also perform "Hine e Hine," a Maori lullaby from New Zealand and "Byker Hill," an Irish folk song arranged for male chorus by Mitchell Sandler.
For information on the concert, contact the FSU Department of Music at (301) 687-4109.
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