The Petrie School of Music will present a wonderful combination of two unique women’s choirs Monday, October 12 at 7:30 pm in Daniel Recital Hall. Conducted by Dr. Keith Jones, the Converse Chorale is the largest women’s choir at Converse. The Chamber Singers is a small and intimate group of women singers conducted by Dr. Susan Lyle.
Dr. Jones is very enthusiastic about the ability of the choir this year. He said, “It has been wonderful working with this group of women; they are so talented and have a very cohesive sound.” The selection for this concert consists of a variety of styles. Because 2009 is the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of both Abraham Lincoln and Felix Mendelssohn, Jones has chosen a piece by Mendelssohn, and a piece in honor of Lincoln by Katherine Davis. The Chorale is also for the first time ever presenting a jazz piece, “My Favorite Things” in the swing style.
The Chamber Singers will present two sacred pieces and close with a Madrigal. The first sacred piece is by Rene Clausen, and is a setting of Psalm 100, and has a wonderful rhythmic vitality as a result of numerous metric shifts. The chamber singers will also present the Kyrie from a Missa Brevis (or short Mass) by Nancy Telfer. The simple text of the Kyrie, “Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy,” is set by Telfer in a way that exhibits the pleading and urgent nature of this cry to God. The singers will close with a Madrigal by the late renaissance Italian composer Orazio Vecchi
This concert is free of charge and open to all.