Southeastern choirs to join Northshore Choral Society for performance Dec. 7
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
by: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Chorus, Concert Choir and Women's Chorale will join with the Northshore Choral Society in a performance in Hammond on Dec. 7
Sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the free performance is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, located at 401 West Morris St.
Southeastern Director of the University Chorus/Northshore Chorale Brian Martinez will direct the choirs along with graduate student Catherine Chrisope.
The concert will begin with the triumphant song "Cry out and Shout" by Knut Nystedt performed by all choirs surrounding the audience, followed by Chrisope directing the Women's Chorale for "Ascribe to the Lord" by Rosephanye Powell. The beautiful "Beati Quorum Via" - Blessed are they whose way is pure, who walk in the law of the lord - by Charles Villers Stanford will complete the preludes to the evenings main performance.
Handel's Messiah is one of the most performed and recognizable choral works of all time. The University Chorus/Northshore Chorale will be joined by the Concert Choir to perform the work under the direction of Martinez. An orchestra comprised of Southeastern students, along with members of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, will accompany the choir. Although the entire work is a little over two hours long, the chorus will only be performing part one, which is traditionally done during the holiday season, Martinez said.
The performance will conclude with the Hallelujah chorus which is actually the end of part two but typically performed as the closing number when only part one is performed, Martinez added.
"The choirs have worked very diligently to learn to sing in the Baroque style, which requires the singers to use a light tone quality," Martinez said. "Baroque music is very exciting for the audience members and singers when sung correctly, but it can be very tiring to the singers if sung incorrectly. It must dance and have life which is only achieved when notes are sung with crisp articulation.
"This is sure to be a concert to remember and definitely a good start to the Holiday Season."
For more information on the concert, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 985-549-2184.