The Cameron University Concert Choir and special guest the MacArthur High School Choir will present “Fall Into Music,” a joint concert on Tuesday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cameron University Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. CU students, faculty and staff are admitted at no charge with proper identification.
The Concert Choir, conducted by Dr. Christian Morren and accompanied by Tom Willoughby on piano and Diana Webb on piano, will present a wide variety of music.
“With almost 40 members, the choir has grown significantly,” says Morren. “The Cameron students are engaged and work hard, and the music in this program is as diverse as the members of the choir.”
The MacArthur High School Choir, under the direction of Misty Hively, will share the stage with the CU Concert Choir. Both Hively and Morren are Cameron alumnae.
“Misty and I have been friends since college at Cameron,” says Morren. “In fact, Misty was a member of the CU choir. She is also a current member of Bella Voce, the community women’s ensemble. We love our Alma Mater.”
The CU Concert Choir will lead the program with a chorus from Haydn’s “The Creation,” “The Heavens are Telling,” which will be conducted by CU Senior Gabrial Caron, Altus, and will feature soloists Khalil Cabrera-Tosado and Eric Malloy, both of Lawton, and MiKayla Reuter, Altus. The MacArthur ensemble will join the CU choir for another Haydn chorus, “Awake the Harp.”
That will be followed by “Earth Song” by Frank Ticheli.
“Ticheli uses beautiful personification to address how much pain the earth is in,” Morren says “The earth endures pain in vain and through all of this, through music, you find peace.”
Next up is “The Seal Lullaby” by Eric Whitacre, inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s story “The White Seal.” The piece reflects the mother seal singing softly to her young pup.
“Sweet Rivers” by Shawn Kirchner, a traditional folk song that pairs an old hymn text with an original melody, will close the CU Concert Choir’s set.
The MacArthur Choir will perform Eric Whitacre’s arrangement of “The Star Spangled Banner” following by “There is Sweet Music Here” by Jamey Ray. The ensemble will feature its female members on “The Soft Rains Will Come” by Laura Fenell.
October 23, 2018