Choral Society of SNU presents Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” & “Deo Gratias”

by Eunice Trent
November 28, 2005
Contact: Eunice Trent
Phone: 405.491.6600
Fax: 405.491.6381

BETHANY, OK – The Southern Nazarene University School of Music presents the Choral Society and Orchestra in a performance on Sunday, December 4, 6:00 p.m., at Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 7301 S. Walker Ave., Oklahoma City.

The concert repertoire will feature three Ludwig van Beethoven classics in the rarely performed “Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage”, Op. 112 to the “Choral Fantasy”, Op. 80 as well as Deo Gratias by Michael Cox, which is a modern-day oratorio utilizing excerpts from the “Gloria” of the liturgical mass, Psalm 93, and the writings of Wesley Forbis.

Solo Quartet for “Deo Gratias”: Marti Callies, soprano and a 2003 Graduate of SNU. Callies has finished her master of music degree in vocal performance at OCU with recent additional study in Salzburg, Austria. Rebekah Ambrosini, contralto, is currently a Doctoral Fellow and Visiting Instructor of Voice at the University of Oklahoma. Jeffrey Ambrosini, tenor is also a Doctoral Fellow at OU and is on the voice faculty at the University of Tulsa. Kevin Eckard, bass-baritone, is a member of the University of Central Oklahoma voice faculty.

Guest pianist for the evening is Dr. Mark Reighard, SNU Professor of Music and popular performer throughout the country.

“This is truly an evening of masterworks. The music is compelling, emotional, and passionate. We’re expecting both performer and audience to be moved by this music”,
said Dr. Brent Ballweg, SNU Professor of Music and conductor for the evening.

The SNU Choral Society is an 80 – 100 voice choral group that performs major and minor choral works with orchestral accompaniment. Membership is comprised of students currently singing in SNU choral ensembles and other students or member of the university and surrounding communities. Recent performances have included Bach’s Cantata No. 4, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and the Requiem’s of Maurice Durufle` and W.A. Mozart.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rhonda Spear in the SNU School of Music @ 405.491.6345 or e-mail