Choral concert to feature college ensembles, wide variety of songs

The SUNY Oswego College Choir, State Singers and Festival Chorus will perform Monday, April 29, in a free public concert featuring a cornucopia of compositions spanning the 16th century to the present day.

The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Resurrection, 120 W. Fifth St. in Oswego.

Each ensemble will perform separately, displaying a variety of choral styles and techniques specific to the group. College Choir will open the concert, offering African and American folk songs, a touch of Baroque and three songs on the afterlife.

The State Singers, Oswego’s vocal jazz and chamber ensemble, delves into the world of contemporary a cappella, along with some Shakespeare, Faure, Mozart and Schubert.

Rounding out the concert, the Festival Chorus—comprised of college and community members—will sing Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Dona Nobis Pacem,” a cantata for soprano and baritone solos, chorus and orchestra. The piece, written in 1936, is one of three choral/orchestral works by Vaughan Williams ranked among the best of the 20th century, according to Dr. Clay Price, SUNY Oswego’s director of choral activities.

“Dona Nobis Pacem” utilizes not only the “Agnus Dei” text, but also three Walt Whitman poems, a quote from a speech by Sir John Bright and various biblical texts. Vaughan Williams intended the work as an anti-war statement, as Britain was on the cusp of war with Germany, but it is a piece that can be enjoyed solely on its textual and musical merits, Price said.

For more information about this concert or the SUNY Oswego music department’s choral ensembles, contact Price at 312-2983 or clayborn.price@oswego.edu.

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(Posted: Apr 11, 2013)

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