"A Journey of Hope for the Holidays"

December 8, 2017

The Frostburg State University Chamber Singers and University Chorale will present their winter choral concert, "A Journey of Hope for the Holidays," on Friday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU's Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature many works examining the theme of hope through various cultures, history and society, including hope in love, strife and the season. Under the direction of FSU's director of Choral Activities, Dr. James Reddan, and accompanied by pianist Joseph Yungen, the FSU University Chorale will begin the concert with "Non moriar" by Michael Praetorius, followed by "Behind the Closed Eye" by Michael McGlynn, featuring Dr. Brent Weber on saxophone. Next is the traditional spiritual "Great Day" arranged by Howard Helvey, conducted by FSU student Zee Mollon. The Chorale will then perform "The Snow" by Edward Elgar and "O Notte" by by Z. Randall Stroope and will finish with another spiritual, "Ezekiel Saw de Wheel" by William Dawson. The FSU Chamber Singers will perform a varied repertoire of choral works beginning with "Est ist ein Rose Entsprungen" ("Lo, How a Rose e'er Blooming") by Michael Praetorius and "O Maria" by McGlynn. These will be followed by the Slovak folksong "Prsi, Prsi" ("Rain, Rain") arranged by Miroslav Hronk; "Hodie, Christus Natus Est" from "Quatres motets pour Noel" by Francis Poulenc; and the highly rhythmic "Double, Double Toil and Trouble" by Jaakko Mantyjarvi, based on Shakespeare's "Macbeth." The ensemble will then premiere Reddan's new arrangement of the calypso piece "Shut de Do," followed by Jake Runestad's extremely timely and poingnant piece "Please Stay." The ensemble will finish its whirlwind performance with "Yonder, Come Day," the traditional, and hopeful, Georgia Sea Islands song arranged by Paul John Rudoi. Admission is $10 for general admission, $5 for seniors and member of the military, $3 for students and free for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at the door. Cash and credit cards are accepted. For more information, contact FSU's Department of Music at 301-687-4109. Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.