Troy University Collegiate Singers' fall concert set for Nov. 8

Posted: Monday, 31 October 2011

TROY - The Troy University Collegiate Singers will perform a mixture of sacred and secular choral selections from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries during the ensemble's fall concert Nov. 8 at Troy's First United Methodist Church.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

"The Collegiate Singers has worked diligently all semester to prepare the music, with the hope of providing an aesthetic experience for those who attend," said Laura A. Mixon, conductor of the ensemble and a lecturer in TROY's John M. Long School of Music.

Selections to be performed include: Ludwig van Beethoven's final chorus from "Christ on the Mount of Olives," James Erb's setting of the beloved folksong, "Shenandoah" and "Salvation is Created," one of the very last sacred works composed by Paul Tschesnokov.

The concert opener, "Sorida - A Zimbabwe Greeting," will feature percussionists, layered vocal patterns, and a joyful "call and response" section alternating between a smaller vocal ensemble and the chorus.

Eric Mancil of Enterprise, the graduate choral assistant for the Troy University Choral Department, will conduct the singers in David Dickau's setting of "If Music Be the Food of Love." Other titles to be performed include James Fritschel's a cappella setting of "Qui Sedes," Mark Butler's spiritual "Signs of the Judgment" and Josef Rheinberger's "Abendlied."

Piano accompanists for this concert include senior music education major Laura Waters from Hazlehurst, Ga., junior music education major Maggie Downs from Enterprise and junior European history major/music minor Joshua McLaney from Ozark. Dr. John Jinright, associate professor in the John M. Long School of Music, and senior music education/nursing major Wendy Cho of Luverne will accompany the Collegiate Singers on organ and piano for Beethoven's "Hallelujah Chorus."