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ASU Chorales to Present ‘An American Tapestry’ Concert

March 17, 2011

Angelo State University’s Concert and Community Chorales will celebrate the American spirit during their Concert at the Cactus, “An American Tapestry,” on Thursday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cactus Hotel, 36 E. Twohig Ave.

Joining the 80-voice chorus for the performance will be the Permian Basin String Quartet from Midland, members of the San Angelo Symphony and local all-state harpist Katherine Kappelmann. The concert is open free to the public.

Musical selections will include Norman Dello Joio’s setting of Walt Whitman’s “Jubilant Song,” featuring soprano soloist Megan Schooler, who placed third in the recent National Association of Teachers of Singing vocal competition.

Randal Thompson’s “Frostiana,” based on poetry by four-time Pulitzer prize-winner Robert Frost, will offer a glimpse of life in rural New England, and will be followed by Eric Whitacre’s “Sleep.”

Additional pieces will include Aaron Copland’s “That’s the Idea of Freedom” from his youth opera “The Second Hurricane,” Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide,” a contemporary spiritual about nineteenth-century abolitionist John Brown, and a medley of tunes from Scott Joplin’s folk opera, “Treemonisha.” Dr. Scott Raines, ASU associate professor of voice, will also sing the baritone solo from Mechem’s “Dan-u-el.”

The program will conclude with three Aaron Copland compositions from “Old American Songs” including “Zion’s Walls,” “Long Time Ago” and “Ching-a-Ring Chaw.”

Dr. Pamela Lee, ASU professor of music, is director of choral activities. For more information, contact the ASU Department of Art and Music at 942-2085.