The Samford University MasterSingers will perform a concert of modern
choral masterpieces Tuesday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Beeson Divinity Chapel. The public is
invited free of charge. Samford music professor Dr. Timothy Paul Banks conducts the
40-member choral ensemble.
The concert will be presented in three segments. The first will
include the Southeastern U.S. premiere of Estonian composer Arvo Paert's Berlin Mass,
a work of ethereal beauty and mystery for voices and strings.
Section two will feature Latin American composer Alberto Ginestera's
Lamentations of Jeremiah for unaccompanied chorus.
The final section, Black Voices: An Anthology, will consist
of a running compendium of music from African-American styles, including spirituals, work
songs, "signal" songs (of the Underground Railroad), and gospels. According to
Banks, who created the presentation, the section will round out a concert whose theme is
the music and expression of oppression, "both despair and hope, pain and
The MasterSingers is comprised of Samford graduate students, faculty
and alumni as well as community singers. Dr. Banks, professor of choral studies and
conducting at Samford, is in his seventh season as MasterSingers conductor.