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SFA A Cappella Choir to perform annual spring touring concert

February 18, 2013 - Robbie Goodrich
NACOGDOCHES - The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the SFA A Cappella Choir in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

The choir will present its tour concert, having just returned from the annual spring tour to the Beaumont and Houston areas, according to Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA. The choir performed before audiences at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Beaumont, community colleges in Baytown, Kingwood and Pasadena, and at high schools in Baytown, Kingwood, Deer Park, Pearland and Pasadena.

Among the highlights of the tour concert is the choir's performance of "Gloria in Excelsis" by Peter Hallock.

"Few musicians have been more important to modern Episcopal Church music than Peter Hallok," King said. "During his 40 years at St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle, he produced a remarkable legacy: a daunting number of published and unpublished compositions, including numerous motets as well as large-scale anthems with instrumental accompaniment."

A three-year cycle of psalms settings for choir with congregational antiphons is the most popular Psalter in common use in both the Episcopal and Lutheran denominations in the United States, King said.

The concert will also be presented for the benefit of prospective music majors who will be on the SFA campus for entrance/scholarship auditions on March 1 and 2.

Accompanying the choir will be pianist Ron Petti, director of accompanying at SFA.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. For tickets or more information, call the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.