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SFA choirs to present concert of music from Eastern Europe

October 26, 2010 - Sylvia Bierschenk
Members of the SFA Choral Union perform during a recent concert. The ensemble will present a joint concert, "Eastern Voices," with the SFA Women's Choir at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Choral Union and Women's Choir of Stephen F. Austin State University will present a joint concert, "Eastern Voices: Choral Music from Estonia, Russia, Latvia, Georgia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Hungary," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, in Cole Concert Hall.

Under the direction of David Howard, SFA associate director of choirs, the ensembles will perform sacred works and secular songs from Eastern Europe, all sung in the original languages.

"I chose the repertoire because the heritage of folk music in the selected countries is very rich, and I find the music from Eastern Europe to be refreshing and particularly beautiful," Howard said.

The program also includes the premier of a piece Ron Petti, SFA associate professor of accompanying, composed for the Choral Union: "To everything there is a season."

The Choral Union is an auditioned 70-voice mixed chorus comprised of both music and non-music majors, and the 25-voice Women's Choir is open to all SFA female students.

The concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Dr.

Tickets 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.