The Centenary College Choir to perform at Grand Opera House of the South in Crowley Friday, March 23
CROWLEY - Centenary College Choir 2011-2012 Tour Program has been hailed as “America’s Singing Ambassadors” by the press. They will be performing this Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m. in Crowley at the Grand Opera House of the South. Admission is free and the doors open at 6.30 p.m.
The Centenary College Choir has traveled the world for seven decades, constantly exploring new and productive avenues in the world of collegiate choral music. This innovative spirit has been evidenced in the Choir’s unique and diverse manner of programming, a repertoire that ranges from Bach to Broadway, world folk music to contemporary church music, and oratorio to opera. The 2011-2012 program delivers this diversity with all American music, celebrating unique images and sounds of our country.
Quintessential American choral composers are highlighted with works such as Aaron Copland’s “Zion’s Walls,” Randall Thompson’s “The Last Words of David,” Eric Whitacre’s “Water Night,” Joseph Martin’s “The Awakening,” and Z. Randall Stroope’s “Homeland.” The choir will also present several great arrangements of well-known folk songs and spirituals. Among these are John Rutter’s “When the Saints Go Marching In,” James Erb’s “Shenandoah,” Moses Hogan’s “The Battle of Jericho,” and Mack Wilberg’s “Bound for the Promised Land.”
Representing the Broadway tradition is an exciting medley of Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” and group also pays tribute to our military with “A Salute to the Armed Forces.” And finally, marking the 10 year anniversary of the 2001 tragedy of September 11, the choir offers Roger Ames’ poignant setting of “Amazing Grace,” dedicated to the children of the victims of that tragedy.
The annual schedule of the choir usually finds the group offering around 35 performances in an array of tour concerts, college ceremonies, church and alumni relations programs, recruitment activities and other Shreveport/Bossier City community events. In February 2011 the Choir will sing the world premier of Centenary alumnus James Eakin’s “Flowers over the Grave of War in Carnegie Hall” as part of a New York Tour. Other highlights of the 2011-2012 season include the choir’s 70th Anniversary Concert (as part of the annual Rhapsody in View - November 5 and 6) as well as special Christmas and Easter programs.
The Centenary College Choir has concertized throughout the world, giving concerts in 32 nations on six continents. The choir has sung for frontline troops in Korea, the Presidents of the United States and Switzerland, the Queen of Denmark, the leaders of NATO and the Prime Minister of Thailand. In addition to performing in most areas of the United States, the choir has toured three times in the Orient, made three tours of Great Britain, six extensive tours of Europe, two to Russia, as well as Poland, Scandinavia and South Africa. The choir recently returned from a tour to Australia and New Zealand in 2009, culminating with a final solo ensemble concert in the world famous Sydney Opera House. In May 2011 the Choir toured Brazil and Argentina, its first foray to the latter country. Receiving a very rare honor for any organization, the choir has been invited to The White House seven times to give programs of Christmas music for special guests of President and Mrs. Bill Clinton and President and Mrs. George W. Bush.
The young women and men of the choir come from many areas of the nation and other countries and represent most of the academic majors offered by the college. Members of the choir receive one of the finest college educations possible while making enduring friendships as a part of the choir family and tradition. Members are selected by auditions held November through February for the following term. Persons wishing to audition should contact the director of the choir to arrange an appointment. The choir is affiliated with the Hurley School of Music and offers scholarships for all its members. For those interested in majoring in music, the college offers an extensive Bachelor of Arts Music degree with several optional areas of emphasis, including performance, music education, sacred/church music and composition.
For more information about the Centenary College Choir go to www.centenarychoir.org or contact:
David Hobson, Director
Centenary College Choir | 2911 Centenary Blvd.
Shreveport, La. 71104 or call (318) 869-5200 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.