Southeastern choirs to join Northshore Choral Society for performance May 3

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Chorus, Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale will join the Northshore Choral Society for “Lord Nelson Mass,” a performance at Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond on May 3.
     Sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Conductors include Southeastern Director of the University Chorus/Northshore Chorale Brian Martinez and Director of Choral Activities Alissa Mercurio Rowe, who will direct choirs with the assistance of several student conductors.
     “The combined choirs at Southeastern will be performing a ‘choral masterwork.’ This is the third of Haydn’s 14 masses,” said Rowe. “It is set in a classical style but has overtly romantic ideas with unexpected dynamics and harmonies. It should be thrilling to sit through, and I am so proud of the ensembles for putting all the work into such a difficult piece.”
     The concert begins with the University Chorus and Northshore Choral, under conductor Martinez, performing “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” arranged by Dan Forrest and “Glory Hallelujah” arranged by Wallace Cheatham. The Women’s Chorale, with graduate student Amy Pratts of Abita Springs conducting, will perform “I Lift My Eyes” arranged by Bob Chilcott.
     Rowe will conduct the Concert Choir as they sing “Ballade to the Moon” by Daniel Elder and “Abide with Me” by Moses Hogan.
     For their finish, the Southeastern combined choirs will be led by Rowe in Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Missa in Anguistiis” (Lord Nelson Mass).
     Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for SLU faculty and staff, and free for all students with ID. Tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, located at 220 E. Thomas Street in Hammond, or by calling 985-543-4371.
     For more information on the concert, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 985-549-2184.

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