University Choirs in Concert

Wednesday, April 25 2012

University of Idaho Choirs will present their year-end concert “The Road Home” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1 in Haddock Performance Hall (Music Building Room 222). Michael Murphy, director of choral activities at the Lionel Hampton School of Music, will conduct the University Chorus and Vandaleer Concert Choir, assisted by accompanists Susan Billin and Karin Buer.

The program begins with combined choirs singing Stravinsky’s arrangement of the “Star-Spangled Banner” and “Music Be Praised” a double-choir motet by the Venetian composer Gabrieli. University Chorus continues the exuberant mood with “Jubilate”, Charles V. Stanford’s anthem which expresses praise to God. The repertoire which follows are all pieces which express sentiments of love – beginning with “This Marriage” a poignant anniversary composition by Eric Whitacre, as well as lyric arrangements of several folksongs from the Hebrew, Irish and American tradition. The Vandaleers’ set will include “Sing Ye Muses” by the Englishman John Blow and motets from the German Romantics tradition by Brahms and Rheinberger Both choirs will offer rousing arrangements of traditional spirituals – “Good News!” and “Witness”

The concert will conclude with the combined choirs singing “The Road Home” by Stephen Paulus followed by an invitation to the audience to join in the singing of the University’s alma mater.

Tickets will be available at the door ($5 general admission and $3 for students and seniors). For more information, call (208) 885-6231.