The EKU Department of Music will present a concert featuring music for choir and percussion on Monday, March 19 at 8:00 p.m.in Brock Auditorium. The EKU Concert Choir, University Singers, Percussion Ensemble, and Steel Band will be joined by high school choirs from George Rogers Clark High School, Model Laboratory School, and Madison Southern High School. All of the ensembles will be led by Dr. Richard Waters, Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at EKU.
The combined choirs will open the program with "Bonse Aba,"a traditional Zambian song of celebration. Next, the EKU Choirs and Percussion Ensemble will perform "Missa Luba," a setting of the Roman Catholic Mass written in Congolese style by Guido Haazen.
Dr. Marc Ashley Foster, Director of Choral Activities and Chair of the Department of Music at High Point University (NC), will serve as guest tenor soloist for "Missa Luba." Dr. Foster's research includes a new performing edition of the work, based on original recordings as well as interviews with Guido Haazen prior to his death in 2004. While at EKU, Dr. Foster will also present a lecture to the university community about the piece and work with the choral conducting class.
The EKU Choirs and Steel Band will continue the program with Glenn McClure's "St. Francis in the Americas: A Caribbean Mass." The composer writes that this piece "celebrates the marriage of Latin American cultures and the spiritual legacy of the medieval Italian saint, Francis of Assisi." The program concludes with the combined choirs performing "It Takes a Village"by Joan Symko.
The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Waters at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 859-622-1336.