April 30, 2012

Concert features full orchestra, 100 singers

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A full orchestra and 100 singers make an impressive sound wave. 

Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Choral Union and Concert Choir, joined by the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, present a concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, at Shryock Auditorium.

The program features “Music of American Composers,” including the “Lux Aeterna” composed by Morten Lauridsen, who was on campus during the Outside the Box new music festival. 

Susan Davenport, conductor of the choral union and the choir, described the Lauridsen selection as “a beautiful meditative work that is quickly becoming an American classic.”

The program also features the work of Randall Thompson, including selections from his “Frostiana,” a choral tribute to poet Robert Frost.  Other selections include American folk hymns arranged by Alice Parker, and selections from “Songs of the Slaves.” 

David Dillard, assistant professor of voice, appears as guest baritone.

Tickets are $12 for the general public, $6 for students.  Tickets are available in advance at the Shryock Auditorium Box Office, by phone at 618/453-6000, or online at SouthernTicketsOnline.com.  Tickets are also available at the door beginning one hour before the performance.