The Music Department continues the 2008-09 Fine Arts Season with two choral performances by University students.
On Thursday and Friday, November 13 and 14, 2008 the UTC Music Department will present choral concerts at 7:30 pm on Thursday evening and 8:00 pm Friday evening in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall, UTC Fine Arts Center (corner of Vine and Palmetto Streets). The Men’s Chorus, directed by Roland Carter, and the Women’s Chorale, directed by Dr. Lee Harris will perform on Thursday evening. The Chattanooga Singers and Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. Kevin Ford, will perform on Friday evening. Both concerts are free and open to the general public.
The Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorale will present a concert of classical and holiday music. Highlights of the program include the Palestrina “Hodie Christus Natus Est”, “See That Babe in the Lowly Manger”, “Go Where I send Thee” and “I Saw Three Ships” by the Men’s Chorus, and “Mid-winter”, “The Snow”, and “King Jesus Is a-Listening” by the Women’s Chorale. The two groups will combine to perform Roland Carter’s arrangement of “Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow.”
The Chattanooga Singers and Chamber Singer will present an eclectic mix of pieces. Highlights of the Chattanooga Singers program include Seiber’s “Three Hungarian Folk Songs”, Thomas’ “Keep Your Lamps”, and Leavitt’s arrangement of Israeli composer Nurit Hirsch’s “Bashana Haba’ah”. The Chamber Singers will present two world premieres: Dave Brubeck’s “A Christmas Hymn” and an extended version of Brubeck’s “To Us Is Given” from Pange Lingua Variations with a new verse written by Dave’s wife, Iola Brubeck. Other highlights include Dello Joio’s “A Jubilant Song”, and Whitacre’s beautiful Christmas piece, “Lux Aurumque”.
Roland Carter, director of the Men’s Chorus, is the UTC Holmberg Professor of American Music and is internationally renowned as an arranger of African-American Spirituals. Dr. Kevin Ford is the UC Foundation Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities. Dr. Lee Harris is the current UTC Music Department Head.
For further information contact the UTC Music Dept. Office, 423-425-4601.