Troy University Concert Chorale to deliver "A Serenade to Music"

Posted: Friday, 18 March 2016

TROY - The Troy University Concert Chorale invites the public to attend its spring concert "A Serenade to Music" on Sunday, April 3.

This free concert will begin at 3 p.m. at Bush Memorial Baptist Church on George Wallace Drive in Troy.

The Concert Chorale is TROY's auditioned 37-voice choir, and its performance will feature some special guest artists, student soloists and guest conductors.

Delyana Lazarova, Anna Lee (violin), Dawn Heese (viola) and Dr. Katerina Juraskova (cello) will accompany Beethoven's "Elegy" (Elegischer Gesang) and Thompson's "The Road Not Taken." Dr. James Seay, conductor of the Montgomery Chorale and music director at Montgomery's First United Methodist Church, will guest conduct a piece by Ralph Vaughan Williams titled "Rest."

Juraskova and Dr. Hui-ting Yang (piano) will lend their talents to "A Serenade to Music," also written by Williams. The full choir and 12 student soloists perform this brief masterwork, based on text from Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice."

Continuing with musical settings of Shakespearean text, the choir will perform a work by George Shearing. Dr. Diane Orlofsky, conductor of the Concert Chorale, shares the conducting podium with undergraduate conducting student Kayla Boston and Director of Bands Dr. Mark Walker for this work.

"Known primarily for his jazz piano expertise, Shearing also wrote some whimsical and entertaining choral works," Orlofsky said. "'Songs and Sonnets' is a small choral gem that combines the whimsy of Renaissance madrigals and the contemporary jazz harmonies."

The work features text taken from a Shakespearean sonnet, "The Winter's Tale," "As You Like It", "Love's Labour's Lost," "The Merry Wives of Windsor," "Twelfth Night" and "Two Gentlemen of Verona," and features Jonathan Steinman (piano) and Chris Boone (bass) as instrumental accompanists.

Orlofsky hopes that everyone will take advantage of this varied and delightful choral program. According to Orlofsky, the students have enjoyed learning these pieces and are excited to share them with friends, family and the larger community.