Tarleton choral program presents a patriotic choir concert

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STEPHENVILLE (October 10, 2016) — Tarleton State University’s Choral Program presents its first concert of the fall semester, America: Music of History and Aspiration, on Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Theater.

The 7:30 p.m. concert is open to the public and tickets are $5, or free for Tarleton faculty, staff and students with a valid ID.

The choirs, under the direction of Dr. Troy Robertson, will perform music of the past, including fuging tunes by William Billings as well as new music that draws on and extends tradition. Among the newer selections, Kevin Memley’s setting of Emma Lazarus’s A New Colossus (“Give me your tired, your poor…”) is the centerpiece.

The choirs also will perform The Star Spangled Banner, Soon-Ah Will Be Done by William Dawson, and Jim Papoulis’s vibrant Sililiza, a piece meant to reflect the melting pot of America’s cities.

One set will include music of the Georgia Sea Islands, music made famous by Bessie Jones and Alan Lomax; and then again, decades later, by the Electric Dance Music artist Moby.

Performing ensembles include the Texan Gentlemen, Select Women’s Ensemble, Chamber Choir and Texan Troubadours. Senior music majors Maria Belknap and Krystal Smith will serve as student conductors.

Theater doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are available at the Fine Arts Center Box Office.

For a complete scheduled of upcoming events presented by Tarleton’s Department of Fine Arts, visit www.tarleton.edu/finearts.

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