Troy University's School of Music, Choral Department to present spring concert

Posted: Tuesday, 02 March 2010

TROY—The Troy University John M. Long School of Music and Choral Department will present its annual Spring Concert “The Music of John Rutter” at 2:30 p.m., March 28 at Bush Memorial Baptist Church on George Wallace Drive in Troy.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will feature three of Troy University’s choral ensembles: the Collegiate Singers, the Concert Chorale and “frequency,” under the direction of Dr. Diane Orlofsky.

“This concert features choral music of British composer and conductor John Rutter and represents the vast range of the composer’s body of work,” said Dr. Orlofsky, a professor the School of Music. “The Troy community is cordially invited to experience an afternoon of beautiful choral music.”

In addition to the University’s choral ensembles, the concert will feature student conductors and soloists, as well as accompanists from both the University and local community. Student conductors for the concert are Laura Aaron, a choral graduate assistant from Bay Minette, and Dale Lawrence, a graduate student in music education from Montgomery.

The more than 90-member Collegiate Singers will perform The Gift of Music, a piece for choir with keyboard and flute accompaniment; Look to the Day, a piece dedicated to cancer survivors; O Clap Your Hands, an anthem for choir and piano; and I Will Sing With the Spirit, a musical setting of text from the book of I Corinthians.

The Concert Chorale, the University’s auditioned choir, will perform To Everything There is a Season, a musical adaptation of text from the book of Ecclesiastes, and the Mass of the Children, one of John Rutter’s self-proclaimed masterworks. The Mass of the Children will also feature the trio of Charles Henderson High School sophomore Anna Orlofsky, Greenville High School senior Connor Murphy-White, and TROY freshman Hannah Stone from Huntingdon, Md. Soloists for this piece are baritone John Baumer, a senior music education vocal/choral major from Altha, Fla., and soprano Noel Davis, a senior music education vocal/choral major from Eufaula. Organ accompaniment will be provided by Jean Eakes, organist for the First Baptist Church of Troy.

Troy University’s vocal jazz ensemble, “frequency,” will perform Musica Dei Donum, featuring flute soloist Allison Conlan, a senior music education instrumental major from Leesburg, Ga., and Monday’s Child, from Rutter’s set of songs for choir entitled Five Childhood Lyrics.

The concert’s finale will combine the singers of Collegiate Singers, Concert Chorale and “frequency” in A Clare Benediction, a grand “farewell” dedicated to the Clare choir in Britain. A Clare Benediction will be conducted by Dr. Michael Hix, Troy University’s coordinator of vocal/choral activities.

Other soloists include flutists Christopher Petre, a senior music education instrumental and vocal/choral major from Valdosta, Ga., and Sonya Babbitt, a senior music education instrumental major from Baker, Fla. Student accompanists are: Bryant Kimbrough, a senior music education instrumental major from Troy; Laura Waters, a junior music education instrumental major from Hazlehurst, Ga.; Eric Scott, a junior music education instrumental major from Cullman; Maggie Averett, a junior music industry major from Enterprise; and Wendy Cho, a junior music education vocal/choral major from South Korea.