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SFA A Cappella Choir to present fall concert

October 19, 2010 - Sylvia Bierschenk

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - A choral work banned from the Soviet Union and selections from two requiem masses are just some of the pieces the Stephen F. Austin State University A Cappella Choir will perform during its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Under the direction of Tim King, SFA director of choral activities, the choir will present "Raua Needmine (Curse Upon Iron)" by Estonian composer Veljo Tormis. Banned by the Soviet government, the 1972 composition denounces the evils of war. Soloists are seniors Joshua Dennis of McKinney, and Casey Jones Parrish of Livingston.

The choir will also perform the "Agnus Dei" from Krysztof Penderecki's "Polish Requiem," a large work the composer wrote over the course of several years. The "Agnus Dei" was written in 1981 in response to the death of Cardinal Wyszynski.

Also included on the program is the "Sanctus" from Ildebrando Pizzetti's "Messa di Requiem."

"This is a joyful expression of the 'Holy, Holy, Holy' text, written for three separate choirs," said King.

The choir will present a portion of this concert's program again during its performance at the Texas Music Educators Association state convention in San Antonio in February.

Tickets to the Oct. 28 concert are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. For tickets or more information, please go to www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.