Samford A Cappella Choir Home Concert is March 29

Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-03-18

The Samford University A Cappella Choir will present its annual Home Concert Saturday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Reid Chapel. The public is invited free of charge. The concert follows a three-state spring performance tour for the 56-member choir, conducted by Dr. Timothy Banks.

The program will include liturgical music of parish, cathedral and synagogue, as well as a section of American favorites.

Selections include Jakob Handl's "This is the day the Lord hath made," J.S. Bach's "Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied," Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Bogorodiste Devo," Charles Villiers Stanford's "Three Latin Motets (Coelos ascendit hodie and Beati quorum via), Charles Wood's "Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in D," John Rutter's "Hymn to the Creator of Light," a Yom Kippur chant, "Kol Nidre," and Andrew Bleckner's "Psalm 150."

The choir will also sing traditional American music selections and several spirituals: "In Bright Mansions, "Rockin' Jerusalem," and "Little David, Play on Y'Harp."

American folk music specialist Bobby Horton will join the choir in a special presentation of Mack Wiberg's classic "Cindy." Horton, a Samford graduate who provided music for film producer Ken Burns' documentaries on the Civil War, baseball and other themes, performed with the choir in its debut concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on March 18.

The campus concert will conclude with the choir's traditional program closer, F. Melius Christiansen's "Beautiful Savior."

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