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Covenant Chorale and Chamber Singers in Concert

The Covenant Chorale and Chamber Singers will perform their spring concert under the direction of visiting professor David Long on Thursday, April 18, 2013.


The main works performed by the Covenant Chorale will be Franz Schubert's Mass No. 2 in G Major and W. A. Mozart's Te Deum. “Mozart wrote his Te Deum in the fall of 1769 when the composer was thirteen,” says Professor Long. “Te Deum translates: ‘We Praise Thee O God,’ and was a text historically set for festival occasions such as Easter or other church festival days. Schubert's Mass was written in 1815, when the composer was eighteen. Both works are written in the Austrian style of church music at that time. Both will be performed with a string ensemble.”


The Chamber Singers will perform a set of Scottish folk songs, including O Whistle and I'll Come to Ye and I'll ay Call in by Yon Town, Black is the Color (the Appalachian folksong believed to have originated in Scotland), and much more. Sacred works to be performed by the Singers include J. S. Bach's setting of Psalm 117, Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden (Praise the Lord, all ye Nations), Cantate Domino (Sing to the Lord) by Schütz, Fleming's setting of the traditional Give Me Jesus, and Rene Clausen's setting of Set Me as a Seal Upon Your Heart.


“The audience should expect a night of music by the masters: Bach, Mozart, and Schubert,” says Professor Long, “as well as a celebration of our Scottish heritage with several folk songs. Also, lovers of Shakepeare and the poetry of Robert Burns and the German poet Rilke will enjoy famous texts set to music.”


The concert is free and open to the public, and begins at 8:00 p.m. in the chapel.