Chorale and Conservatory Singers Present Joint Concert
The Chorale and the Conservatory Singers of Central Methodist University will present a joint concert Sunday, April 29, at 4 p.m., in Linn Memorial United Methodist Church on the CMU campus in Fayette.
The concert by these two Swinney Conservatory of Music groups features a variety of music and is free and open to the public.
The Chorale's performance will include "Singet dem Herr nein neues Lied" by J. S. Bach, with Kelley Head (adjunct professor of music) on harpsichord; "Magnificat" by Dieterich Buxtehude, with Alisha Maples (senior, Huntsville) and Jeanne Lambson (adjunct instructor of strings) on violin, Head on harpsichord, and Nathan Gargus (sophomore, Owensville), Brenna Wheeler (junior, Pleasant Hill), and Thomas Myers (sophomore, Fayette) on cello; and "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber.
The Chorale conductor is Dr. Claude Westfall, assistant professor of music and director of chorale activities.
Under the direction of Ron Atteberry, assistant professor of music at CMU, the Conservatory Singers also offer some special performances for this concert. They will perform a song cycle based upon the poetry of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. This cycle will include "I Celebrate Myself," "I Am of Old and Young," "A Child Said," "When Lilacs Bloom'd," "Song of the Open Road," "Smile, O Voluptuous Cool-breath'd Earth," "With Music Strong I Come," "Poets to Come," and "Come, Said my Soul."
The cycle will feature Head on piano, Lambson on cello, and guest performer Ashley Nelson (Jefferson City) on harp.
Founded in 1854, Central Methodist programs range from undergraduate and graduate studies to high school dual credit offerings. Serving more than 5,000 students on its historic main campus in Fayette, through collaborative programs at locations across Missouri, and online, the CMU mission emphasizes academic and professional excellence, ethical leadership, and social responsibility.
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