CORVALLIS - The OSU Meistersingers and Bella Voce will present a fall choral concert on Friday, Nov. 22, at the First United Methodist Church in Corvallis. A third Oregon State University group, "Voices in the Hall," will also make its debut performance.
The concert will open with the OSU Meistersingers singing such notable compositions as Handel's chorus, "Halleluiah Amen"; "O Mistress Mine," a setting of the Shakespeare text from "As You Like It"; and a sea chantey. The men's group will finish in its traditional manner with a set of OSU songs concluding with the OSU Fight Song. The Meistersingers, formed in the fall of 1999, is committed to building campus spirit and developing camaraderie through singing. Steven M. Zielke, the director of choral studies at OSU, conducts the ensemble of more than 60 men.
Bella Voce, an auditioned chorus of more than 70 OSU women, will sing such compositions as Moses Hogan's "Ride On, King Jesus," and David Child's "She Walks in Beauty." The ensemble will also perform "Workin' for the Dawn of Peace," a composition by Ron Jeffers, a Corvallis composer and conductor, who has achieved recognition through Earthsongs, his music publishing company. Bella Voce will conclude with several holiday selections. Tina Bull, the coordinator of music education at OSU, conducts Bella Voce.
The program will also feature the premiere performance of "Voices in the Hall," a new vocal jazz ensemble led by student director Joseph Battrick. The select eight-member ensemble specializes in "a cappella" vocal jazz literature.
The concert is part of the OSU Choral Arts Series. Admission is $5 at the door for general admission seating. OSU students will be admitted free with OSU ID.
For more information, call 541-737-4061.
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OSU Music Department, 541-737-4061