Southeastern Choir and Women's Chorale to perform Music from the Heart November 5

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale will perform in Hammond on Thursday, Nov. 5, in a concert titled “Music of the Heart.”
     Sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the free performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 2200 Rue Denise.
     Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor Alissa Mercurio Rowe will direct the choirs, and Raisa Voldman and Chuck Effler will provide accompaniment on piano.
     “The concert choir will perform Madrigals of Monteverdi, di Lasso and Passereau, as well as contemporary part songs by Eleanor Daley and Michael Trotta,” Rowe said. “The Women’s Chorale’s performance features the choral compositions of Sarah Quartel.”
     Rowe said that Quartel focuses on writing for women’s choirs despite being discouraged and told that in order to be taken seriously she must write for SATB (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass parts--traditional choir voicing) choirs.
     “Quartel has said she understands the female voice and how it works, and it is exciting for her to create music for women,” Rowe said. “She feels a need for repertoire for upper voice ensembles that is intended for mature adults, which creates a connection and tells a story. Her works often have nature-related texts, rhythmic complexities and singable melodies.”
     Soloists for the concert include Southeastern students Morgan Curole of Larose, Jonathan Dupre of Luling, Michelle Guillot of Slidell, Provence Hatfield of Amite, Jason Lane of Baton Rouge, Robert Roy of Lacombe, and Benjamin Vollentine of Covington.
     Serving as student conductors are Stephanie Arledge of Walker, Megan Cenac of Houma, Amy Prats of Abita Springs and Catherine Duensing of Slidell.
     For more information on the concert, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 985-549-2184.


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