School of Music slates free concerts during homecoming week

Posted: Friday, 22 October 2010

TROY—Homecoming week at Troy University will be highlighted by displays of school pride, and by three free concerts from the John M. Long School of Music.

“Our students have worked diligently in preparing these performances,” said Dr. Diane Orlofsky, director of University Choirs and professor of music. “We are pleased to provide these as our gift to the community.”

The University’s 90-member Collegiate Singers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Troy’s First United Methodist Church under the direction of Laura Mixon, conductor and a lecturer in the School of Music. The group will perform selections from famous U.S. composers including “God Bless America,” “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “Set Me as a Seal.”

The TROY Gospel Singers will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary with its fall concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12 in the Claudia Crosby Theater. The 100-plus member group’s “Celebration Concert” includes performances of works composed and arranged by Ralph Manuel, Moses Hogan, William Dawson, and James Hall, among others.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, the University’s 36-member Concert Chorale will present its fall concert entitled “Masterworks in Miniature” at Bush Memorial Baptist Church under the direction of conductor Dr. Diane Orlofsky, director of University Choirs; choral graduate assistant Dale Lawrence and undergraduate student conductor John Baumer.

Concert Chorale will perform works such as “Hallelujah Chorus,” “Ave Maria,” “He,” “Watching Over Israel,” “The Coolin’,” and “Stomp Your Foot,” among others. Several of the pieces will be accompanied by organ, violin, harp, trumpet and percussion. Immediately following the concert, the public is invited to a reception honoring Mr. Phil Wilson, a Troy University School of Music alumnus who was recently named “Alabama Teacher of the Year.”