TROY - The Troy University Concert Chorale will present "Madrigals and Folk Songs" at 7 p.m., April 21 in the John M. Long Hall Choral Room.
The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be a collaborative effort of the Concert Chorale, the University's Guitar and Irish ensembles, student soloist and special guests Jaime Hammack and Quinton Cockrell.
The concert will feature Italian madrigals by Lassus, Monteverdi and a choral adaptation of a Resphighi balletto, as well as folk songs of the Colonial American era and Irish folk songs, many of which are sung in Gaelic.
"Preparing this concert has been a delightful journey for our conductors and singers alike," said Dr. Diane Orlofsky, Concert Chorale conductor. "Traditional folk melodies are lyrical and beautiful representations of each culture and historical context. I love how several of our pieces are juxtaposed showing the original Irish melody, as in Siúil a Rúin, and the early American derivative from the same melody, Johnny has Gone for a Soldier. Our students have enjoyed learning both the Italian and the Gaelic. It has been a challenging yet rewarding experience."
The concert will also feature the Guitar Ensemble performing The Irish Folk Medley (Jeremy Sparks) and the Irish Ensemble will perform with special guest musician, Jaime Hammack, Fead an Iolair (The Eagle's Whistle) in addition to a lively accompaniment (featuring the Fraher's Jig) to the choral adaptation of Dúlamán.
Quinton Cockrell, assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, will provide readings by Sir Walter Raleigh, Irish poet Francis Ledwidge and W.B. Yeats. Student soloists include Baily Hope, Susannah McQuitty, Anna Orlofsky, Alyson Stroh and Audra Weaver, Megan Ford, oboe, Frankie Garcia, flute, Tyler Logan, piano) and Jonathon Steinman, piano. Student conductors are Amy Griffin, Cody Irwin and Meagan King Johnson.
"We hope the audience will enjoy this joyous presentation as much as we have preparing it," Orlofsky said. For more information, contact the John M. Long School of Music Choral Department at 334-808-6298 or firstname.lastname@example.org.