Lee University’s Chorale will present its fall concert on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Pangle Hall.
The concert will include works by composers Samuel Barber, René Clausen, Dan Forrest, Palestrina, and Thomas Tallis, in addition to Korean pieces by composer Hyo Won Woo.
Dr. William Green, dean of Lee’s School of Music, will conduct the evening’s performance, along with School of Music graduate student John Bell.
“I wanted to challenge the singers this fall with a variety of repertoire from different genres,” said Dr. Green. “They’ve gone above and beyond in bringing out the nuances of each piece and showcasing the artistry of the music.”
A highlight of the program is “Three Nocturnes” by Mr. Forrest, who was inspired by the night skies on the plains of Kansas for this commissioned piece for chorus and percussion ensemble. According to the composer, he chose three texts about stars, but all penned by different authors in diverse styles, which expressed a sense of wonder at the night sky. The entire piece is at different times mysterious, fiery, velvety, and majestic.
Lee’s Percussion Ensemble, directed by Associate Professor of Percussion Dr. Andy Harnsberger, will join Chorale in performing Mr. Forrest’s piece.
Another special feature of the program will be the performance of two Korean pieces, “Arirang” and “Pal-So-Seong”. Originally from Korea, Dr. ChoEun Lee coached singers in the Korean dialect and explained the significance of each song, particularly “Arirang” which is known as the unofficial anthem of Korea. Dr. Lee is an assistant professor of collaborative piano/vocal coaching at the university and will serve as pianist in the concert.
The concert will include a recognition of seniors as well as an invitation to alumni to sing Clausen’s “Prayer.”
Chorale is an ensemble of highly motivated vocalists who are selected by audition. An emphasis is placed on the diversity and breadth of traditional choral literature. Chorale has been featured in performances with the Chattanooga Symphony, at Carnegie Hall, and throughout Europe.
The concert is a free, non-ticketed event, and it is open to the public. Pangle Hall is on the corner of Church Street and Central Avenue.
For more information about the concert and other School of Music events, call 614-8240 or visit http://leeuniversity.edu/academics/music/.