Tarleton choirs, local civic chorale join in Saturday ‘Masterworks’ concert

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STEPHENVILLE (March 31, 2016) — Fresh from a debut at Carnegie Hall, the Tarleton State University choral program, under the direction of Dr. Troy Robertson, joins the Cross Timbers Civic Chorale on Saturday, April 2, to present works by American composers.

In addition to the Cross Timbers Civic Chorale, the 7:30 p.m. concert at First Baptist Church in Stephenville features the Tarleton Percussion Ensemble, University Singers and Chamber Choir. The public is invited. There is no charge.

The Percussion Ensemble will present works by Lynn Glassock and Scott Harding and join the choirs for Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. Completed on May 7, 1965, the Chichester Psalms consist of three movements, settings of Psalms 2, 23, 100, 108, 131 and 133. In addition to percussion and choirs, pipe organ and harp feature prominently. Entirely in Hebrew, the music calls for soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists as well as a boy soprano.

Tarleton alum Jeremy Bowen (’13), who performed at Carnegie Hall with Tarleton’s Chamber Choir, will play First Baptist’s pipe organ and join Tarleton pianist Steve Chambers for Aaron Copland’s Promise of Living. Drs. Gary Westbrook and Troy Robertson will conduct.

“I decided to begin calling the fall and spring concerts we present with Cross Timbers, University Singers and the Chamber Choir ‘Masterworks’ concerts because these gatherings of large forces, often including large instrumental ensembles, present us with a unique opportunity to sing more extended works by the most talented composers of all time,” said Roberston. “Over the years Tarleton has heard works by Bach, Mozart, Bernstein, Orff, Handel, Rutter and many others. These pieces of music represent some of the best the choral art has to offer.”

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