Cameron University Concert Choir and Centennial Singers to present combined concert with guest ensemble from Lawton High School

The Choral Program of the Cameron University Department of Art, Music, and Theatre Arts will present a combined performance featuring the Cameron University Concert Choir and the Centennial Singers on Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cameron University Theatre. Two vocal ensembles from Lawton High School, the women’s choir and the combined choir, will also perform. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students/senior citizens. Cameron faculty, staff and students are admitted free with CU ID. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Art, Music, and Theatre Arts at 580-581-2346.

The Concert Choir, conducted by Dr. Christian Morren, will perform a variety of musical styles, and the Centennial Singers, conducted by Doris Lambert, will present a program that she describes as “an eclectic blend of old and new.”

The Concert Choir will open with “How Can I Keep From Singing,” featuring soprano soloist Celita Gonzalez, Lawton. Written by Baptist minister Robert Wadsworth Lowry in 1868, the hymn presents a message of faith and overcoming adversity. That will be followed by “La Monja Blanca,” a Spanish folk song performed by the women of the choir. Reagan Williams, a senior music major from Newport, R.I.; will step in as conductor for that number.

The men will take the spotlight for “When Music Sounds,” a melancholy piece with text by Walter De La Mare that has been called “an ode to the power of music.”

Haleigh Adams, Lawton, and Natasha Scharfenberg, Sullivan, Mo., will be featured on Loreena McKennitt’s “Tango to Evora.” The audience will notice a sensual but innocent tango melody in the choir that provides an expressive background to the solo sections.

The Concert Choir will conclude their performance with Joseph Martin’s “The Awakening,” a contemporary song that has great meaning. One of Martin’s greatest influences was Doris Clark, his junior high music teacher. Clark was brutally murdered in the choir room following one of the concerts in Martin’s final year of junior high. The students returned to find their room padlocked and sealed with police tape, ending the sanctuary and their world of music. “The Awakening” was written as the composer’s journey to healing and joy through the power of music, and as a testament to the teacher who inspired him to transcend the hardships of daily life.

The Centennial Singers will begin their portion of the concert with “Jazz Alleluia” by jazz conductor/composer Craig Courtney

That will be followed by “Come Home,” an original composition by Darmon Meador and recorded by the popular jazz group, New York Voices. This song presents the heartache and yearning in a harmonically challenging a cappella ballad.

Cameron student Lorenzo Butler’s arrangement of “The Water is Wide,” a traditional American folk song, will be premiered during this concert. His arrangement has been accepted for publication by Imagine Music Publishing.

Duke Ellington’s “It Don't Mean a Thing,” arranged by Anders Edenroth, will feature a select group of singers: Adams, Butler and Scharfenberg as well as Corbyn Nauman and Khalil Cabrera-Tosado, Lawton, and Gabrial Caron, Altus.

”In My Life” will feature the graduating seniors as soloists. They are Adams, Butler, Scharfenberg, and Stacia Prucha, Duncan.

The Centennial Singers will close with “Love Wins,” and energetic, up-tempo expression of love and hope, composed by internationally recognized jazz teacher, composer and performer Michele Weir. It will feature Butler as soloist and as well as David Anderson on piano and Dr. Jim Lambert on drumset.

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April 19, 2018