The Frostburg State University Chamber Choir and University Chorale will present their spring concert on Sunday, May 3, at 3 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.
The highlight of the concert is the performance of “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass,” featuring the University Chorale led by a bluegrass band and soloists, by noted American composer Carol Barnett. A meet-the-composer session with Barnett begins at 2:30 p.m. before the performance.
A longtime presence on the Minnesota music scene, Barnett is a charter member of the American Composers Forum and a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she studied composition with Dominick Argento and Paul Fetler, piano with Bernard Weiser, and flute with Emil J. Niosi. She was composer-in-residence with the Dale Warland Singers from 1992 to 2001, and currently teaches at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.
Barnett’s music has been called audacious and engaging. Her varied catalog includes works for solo voice, piano, chorus, diverse chamber ensembles, orchestra and wind ensemble. She was awarded the 2003 Nancy Van de Vate International Prize for Opera for her chamber opera, Snow, and Meeting at Seneca Falls was featured at the 2006 Diversity Festival in Red Wing, Minn.
The Chamber Choir performance will include the sacred works “Agnus Dei”, the choral arrangement of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings”, “O Domine” by Thomas Jennefelt, and “Lamentations of Jeremiah” by Z. Randall Stroope. The secular selections include Eric Whitacre’s “A Boy and A Girl and Animal Crackers” and Eleanor Daley’s beautiful composition “Grandmother Moon.” The text is by Mary Louise Martin, a Mi’kmag poet, who currently lives on a small island in British Columbia.
They will also perform “Xiao He Tang Shui” (Water Flowing In The Brook), a Chinese song of love from the Yunnan Province, arranged by Shui Jiang Tian and featuring soprano Jiaqi Li from Changsha, China, and “Honour the Earth” by Sarah Hopkins. The program will end with two lively spirituals, “Keep Your Hands On The Plow,” arranged by Joseph Jennings, and “Daniel in the Lion’s Den,” arranged by Sean Ivory and Paul Caldwell.
General admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Children under 12 are admitted free. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact the FSU Department of Music at 301-687-4110.
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 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.