Southeastern choirs, community singers join voices for Dec. 2 holiday concert
Contact: Christina Chapple
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana University choirs will join voices with the community singers of the Northshore Chorale for a holiday concert Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. at Hammond’s First Baptist Church, 401 W. Morris Street.
Alissa Rowe, director of choral activities at Southeastern, will conduct the Northshore Chorale, University Chorus, and Women’s Chorale in a free concert titled “A Feast of Carols.” “We are performing with full orchestra,” said Rowe. "It is a lovely program and should get everyone in the holiday spirit.”
The program will open with five sacred choral works performed by the 17-member Women’s Chorale.
Student conductor Brian Martinez of Montz will conduct the chorale in “Today, This Spring” by Libby Larsen, accompanied by Southeastern staff accompanist Charles Effler.
“Messe Breve” by Leo Delibres will feature soloists Keturah Turner of Hammond, Baylie Stillwell of Mandeville, Paula Vickers of Gardendale, Ala., Cara Williams of Franklinton, Jane Rownd of Hammond, and Kristen Stanley of Baton Rouge.
The Women’s Chorale’s selections will also include “Puer Nobis Nascitur,” arranged by Lana Walter; “Cantate Domino” by Nancy Hill Cobb; and “Las Amarillas,” arranged by Stephen Hatfield.
The University Chorus and Northshore Chorale will open the second half of the program with “Angels We Have Heard on High,” arranged by Stephen Paulus and featuring organist Julie Rozman.
Student conductor Cali McQueen of Gonzales will direct the chorus in Eric William Barnum’s “Sweeter Still.” Mozart’s “Vesperae soleness de Dominica” will feature soloists Rownd, Christina Babin of Prairieville, Brandon Wear of Slidell, Christopher Giffin of Baton Rouge, Kimberly Hilliard of Covington, and Blair Abene of Hammond.
The audience will be invited to sing along on a trio of holiday favorites, “Joy to the World,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” and “Deck the Halls.”
The program will close with Randol Alan Bass’s “Feast of Carols,” featuring Northshore Chorale soloists Erin Perdue and Ann Moody.
For additional information about the concert, contact Rowe at (985) 549-2184 or firstname.lastname@example.org.