OKLAHOMA CITY – The School of Music at Southern Nazarene University (SNU) is pleased to announce the SNU Chorale in “A Celebration of Cultures” on Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 7:30 p.m. at Oklahoma City First Church of the Nazarene located at 4400 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The evening event involves 3 mini-works as listed below along with guests Fifth Street Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir, University of Oklahoma Gospel Choir, Donna Cox and Ashu Raman, soloists and Jill Justice, harpist.
Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein. Sung in Hebrew, the compositional style suggests jazz, Hebrew liturgical music, and the influences of a number of composers such as Bach, Brahms, Copland, Shostakovich, and Schoenberg. Joining the Chorale on this piece is Ashu Raman, soloist, a 5th grader from Adams Elementary School in Norman. Accompanying will be Jill Justice, harpist, Tim Marek, organist, and Tommy Goddard, percussionist.
Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez, an Argentinean composer. Misa Criolla, a mass based on the rhythms and traditions of South American folk music, will be sung in Spanish and accompanied by harpsichord, guitar, and percussion.
The final work of the evening will be Gospel Mass by Robert Ray. The SNU Chorale will be joined by the Fifth Street Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir, under the direction of Mr. Anderson Harrison (director and SNU student) and members of the University of Oklahoma Gospel Choir. The piece will feature the solo work of Donna Cox, visiting professor at both SNU and OU.
SNU’s premier choir, the SNU Chorale is dedicated to the study and performance of the finest choral literature (sacred and secular) of all musical eras. The Chorale has performed on numerous occasions as a collegiate honor choir for the Oklahoma Music Educators Association and was invited to perform at the inaugural Primer Festival Internacional de Coros de Cámera, in Chiapas, Mexico (2006). Performances have taken them throughout the southwestern United States as well as to England, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Holland, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, and Spain. The SNU Chorale is conducted by Dr. D. Brent Ballweg, SNU Professor of Music.
Admission to the concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact School of Music at Southern Nazarene University at (405)491-6345.
Making music that counts. Studying privately, playing in ensembles, singing music of faith, the SNU School of Music provides musical opportunities for all students who wish to make music avital part of their college experience. SNU's School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music and offers programs of excellence immersed in an atmosphere of service.