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SFA choirs present 'Impressions' concert

October 25, 2011 - Sylvia Bierschenk
NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Choral Union and Women's Choir of Stephen F. Austin State University will present a joint concert, "Impressions," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Both choirs will be performing secular and sacred songs that explore the themes of living, loss, and love as experienced through the senses, said Dr. David Howard, SFA associate director of choirs and the ensembles' director.

The Choral Union will open the concert with two Italian madrigals by Salamone Rossi. Tenor Joseph Dennis, McKinney senior, will then join the choir in singing Leos Janácek's "Elegie na smrt dcery olgy (Elegy on the death of my daughter, Olga)" and Claude Debussy's "Trois Chansons de Charles d'Orléans," a setting of three poems by the poet-prince Charles d'Orléans.

The Women's Choir will perform Baldassare Galuppi's "Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110), followed by two song cycles of poems. René Bernier's "Sortlèges ingés (Ingenuous Spells)" is a grouping of seven songs set to poems by Maurice Carême, and Gwyneth Walker's "Songs for Women's Voices" are set to poems by Anna "May" Swenson.

The Choral Union is an auditioned 70-voice mixed choir composed of music and non-music majors. Dr. Geneva Fung serves as the group's accompanist. Portugal graduate student Bruno Ribeiro accompanies the 25-voice Women's Choir.

Cole Concert Hall is located in the Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Drive.

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.