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Concert Choir, Women's Chorale to perform April 24

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale will present “An Evening of Sacred Music” Thursday, April 24, at Hammond’s First United Methodist Church.

     The free concert, conducted by Alissa Mercurio Rowe, director of choral activities, will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the church, 220 Rue Denise.

     Rowe said the choirs will perform Romantic and 20th century works in a variety of languages. She will share the conductor’s baton with three student conductors, Paula Vickers of Gardendale, Ala., Angela Miller of Slidell and Cassandra Noustens Garrett of Pearl River. The students, all music education majors, will begin their semester of field experience in the fall.

     “I know they will apply in the classrooms the experience they have gained in conducting a Southeastern ensemble,” Rowe said.

        Vickers will conduct the choirs in “Cantique de Jean Racine” by Gabriel Fauré, while Garrett will conduct Johannes Brahms’ “Op. 30, Giestliches Lied.” Miller will conduct two pieces of Russian Orthodox sacred music, both titled “Hvalite imia Ghospodne from ‘All Night Vigil,’” by Serge Rachmaninoff and Peter Tchaikovsky.

     The concert will also feature a number of soloists from among the 18-member Women’s Chorale and 30-voice Concert Choir.

     Sophomore music education major Melissa Simien of Baton Rouge, guitar/vocal performance major Vanessa Stegman of Covington and sophomore vocal performance major Cara Williams of Franklinton will be featured in “Gloria” movement and music education majors Emily Johnson of Slidell and Bridget Lyons of Ponchatoula in “Benedictus” movement of Benjamin Britten’s “Missa Brevis.”

     Soloists in movements of “Andeliga Sanger” by Johann August Soderman will be senior voice performance majors Blair Abene of Hammond, “Kyrie,” and Kimberly Hilliard of Covington, “Virgo gloriosa.”

     Vocal performance major Keturah Turner of Hammond will solo in Claude Debussy’s “Salut Printemps,” while music education majors Baylie Stillwell  and Tiffany Monteleone, both of Mandeville, and vocal performance major Brittany Boone of Metaire will be featured in Gioachino Rossini’s “Trois Choruses.

     Tenor Brandon Wear of Slidell will solo in “Mata del Anima Sola” by Antonio Estevez.

     Accompanists are Dan Talbot, organ, and Angela Draghicescu and Raisa Voldman, piano.

     For additional information, contact Rowe at 985-549-2334 or          

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