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FSU Spring Choral Concert Revisits China, Debuts Former Faculty’s Work

FSU Spring Choral Concert Revisits China, Debuts Former Faculty’s Work
The FSU Chamber Choir performs for new fans at the Temple of Heaven in China.
The University Chorale and the Chamber Choir at Frostburg State University will celebrate and highlight the Chamber Choir’s recent international tour in China and debut a new work by Jon Bauman, FSU professor emeritus, during a spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in the Performing Arts Center’s Pealer Recital Hall. Tickets are $5, with free admission for children younger than 16, and are available for purchase at the door.

The program will include a selection of everything from jazz to American spirituals to folk songs, with several select pieces the Chamber Choir sang at various locales in Beijing and Hunan Province, as well as new works chosen especially for the spring concert programming. The University Chorale will perform “Desiderata,” a selection the group commissioned from Bauman, who taught theory and composition at FSU from 1970 to 2003 and directed the FSU Jazz Ensemble, as well as various other songs from a diverse group of artists.

Karen Soderberg Sarnaker, chair of the FSU music department, will conduct the concert, with Betty Jane Phillips on piano. During the FSU Chamber Choir’s performance, Mark Gallagher, assistant professor of music, will also contribute his talents on clarinet in “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair” by Rene Clausen, a song that was a favorite among FSU’s new friends and colleagues in China when the FSU Chamber Choir journeyed to Beijing and Changsha March 6 through 14. During the trip, the 26-member Choir gave a variety of performances at locations such as the Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven and Hunan Normal University, where FSU is laying the groundwork for educational opportunities and exchanges between the two institutions. The public will get a chance to revisit the Chamber Choir’s memories of this once-in-a-lifetime experience and cultural exchange during the May 4 spring concert, when various photographs from the international tour will be projected onto the recital hall’s wall prior to the performance.

The FSU Chamber Choir will also perform “The Conversion of Saul” by Z. Randall Stroope; “In Time of Daffodils “ by David Dickau, a work based on a poem by e.e. cummings; “With Lily in Your Hand” by Eric Whitacre; “Mouth Music” by Dolores Keene and John Faulkner; “Shenandoah,” arranged by James Erb; “Usuli Boat Song” by Shui Jiang Tian, with Joshua Ruppenkamp as tenor; “Skylark,” arranged by Teena Chinn, featuring Krystle Hutton as soprano, alto Rachel Dillon, Ruppenkamp as tenor and Ryan Bowie as bass; “Steal Away,” once again featuring soprano Hutton and Lane Conklin, tenor; and “John the Revelator” by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory.

The University Chorale members will also share their talents in a spirited program that includes “Fanfare for a Festival” by Ron Nelson; “Desiderata” by Bauman; “The Rose and the Gardener” by Eleanor Daley, featuring the Women of Chorale and Charlene Ferguson, student director; “Stars I Shall Find” by Dick Dickau, featuring the Men of Chorale and Bowie, student director; “Gershwin Showcase” arranged by Carl Strommen, featuring Hutton, soprano, and Bowie, baritone; and “Let Me Fly” arranged by Robert De Cormier, with Bowie serving as student director. For more information about the concert, call the Department of Music at 301-687-4109.

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