Coe College Concert Choir to present world premieres in "Psalm Concert"

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2010-03-30 13:28:31 - General

The Coe College Concert Choir will present a "Psalm Concert" featuring two world premieres by local composers as well as traditional pieces setting biblical psalms. The concert will be held on Saturday, April 10, beginning at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium, and it is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Coe Music Professor Marc Falk, the choir will open with the premieres of "Psalm 66" by Cedar Rapids composer Ralph Kendrick and "Stronghold," a setting of Psalm 46, by Coe senior Duroje Gwamna.

The concert will also feature a set exploring different settings of Psalm 137, "By The Waters of Babylon." Starting with the Gregorian chant, the choir will continue with settings in Latin, Hebrew, German and English, by Lasso, Rossi, Schutz, and Billings, who sets the psalm in Revolutionary War-era Boston.

In addition, a number of "classic" psalms will be sung, including "Laudate Dominum" by Mozart, "Laudate pueri" by Mendelssohn, and "Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen" from Brahms' "German Requiem."

The concert will conclude with the "Chichester Psalms" by American composer Leonard Bernstein. Featured soloists will include Coe Organist Brett Wolgast, counter-tenor Matthew Walker, percussionist Will Kemperman, and Coe student Bethany Wheeler on harp.

For more information, call 399-8521.