The Frostburg State University Chorale and Chamber Choir will present their Annual Spring Choral Concert, Sunday, May 2, at 3 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center's Pealer Recital Hall. Under the direction of Dr. Karen Soderberg-Sarnaker and assisted by Betty Jane Phillips, accompanist, the concert will feature the Allegany High School Senior Choir, under the direction of Desiree Witt.
The University Chorale’s performance will include Benjamin Britten’s “Rejoice in the Lamb,” featuring Sheri Hartman, soprano; Lisa Wenzel, alto; Joshua Ruppenkamp, tenor; and Brain Kosior, bass. Other selections include “I Hear a Song” by Robert Leaf, “My Love Walks in Velvet” by Gwyneth Walker, “A Red, Red Rose” by James Mulholland, “Soldier, Soldier, Won’t You Marry Me” arranged by Robert DeCormier and “Tunggare Two” by Stephen Leek (Maori).
The Chamber Choir’s selections include “Ah, dolente partita” and “Ohime, se tanto amate” by Claudio Monteverdi, “My Bonnie Lass She Smileth” by Thomas Morley and P.D.Q. Bach’s “My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth.” They will also perform “I am the Resurrection and the Life” by Heinrich Schutz, “Rytmus” by Ivan Hrusovsky (Bratslava), “Transfiguration” by Sven Erik Back (Sweden), “A Lullaby” by Deen Enstminger, “Lullaby of Birdland” arranged by Paris Rutherford, “Operator” arranged by Kirby Shaw and “Past Life Melodies” by Sarah Hopkins. This powerful work is influenced by her experience in Australian Aboriginal art and music and it explores harmonic overtone singing.
The concert will close with performances of “Freedom Come” by Ben Allaway (South Africa), “Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” arranged by Ed Lojeski, “Go Down in de Lonesome Valley” arranged by Jester Hairston, “Deep River” by Norman Luboff, “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord” by Moses Hogan and the combined choirs performing “The Storm is Passing Over” arranged by Barbara Baker.
Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students. Tickets will be available at the door.
For more information, call the FSU Department of Music at (301) 687-4109. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.