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Contacts:
Dr. Chris Sheppard, Department of Music, 657-2350
Dan Carter, University Relations, 657-2269

November 24, 2008

MSU Billings choirs present fall concert Dec. 3

What: Chamber Singers, Concert Choir present evening of festive music
When: Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Cisel Recital Hall, MSU Billings Main Campus
Cost: $5 for adults; $2 for seniors and students age 12-18; free for MSU Billings students, faculty and staff

Open to the public

MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — The Montana State University Billings choirs will present their fall concert on Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Cisel Recital Hall on the MSU Billings main campus, 1500 University Drive.

The Chamber Singers, an auditioned group of 19 singers, will perform English madrigals by Weelkes and Wilbye, as well as music by Brahms and Dawson, among others. Specially featured will be Dr. Mark Fenderson, newly arrived high-brass professor, on trumpet in a moving piece by John Muehleisen, “Snow (The King's Trumpeter).”

The Concert Choir, made up of 40 singers, will feature three choral repertoire standards — “Witness,” “Il bianco e dolce cigno,” and “Salvation Is Created” — along with more recent music by Eric Lane Barnes. Barnes’ “Lambscapes” are a set of pieces that employ styles of various composers and genres; including Handel, Verdi, Orff, Gregorian chant and gospel. Each movement is based on the children's song, “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

In the same vein, the Chamber Singers will perform Z. Randal Stroope's “Old Horatius Had a Farm,” which is sung in Latin.

Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for seniors and students age 12-18. Children under 12 are admitted free of charge, as are MSU Billings faculty and students with a valid university ID. The concert will be conducted by Dr. Chris Sheppard.

For more information on this concert or future performances, please call the music department at 657-2350.


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