Beautiful Life – Concert Last Weekend

This last weekend, BYU Singers and Concert Choir had a huge and wonderful concert.  The layout of the concert was basically Chiastic:

Singers & Concert Choir:
Laudate Nomen – Carlyle Sharpe

Singers:
Laudate Dominum – Victoria
Amor con fortuna – Encina

Is Any Afflicted? – Billings
Psalm 42 – Chadwick

Gloria (from Mass for Mixed Choir) – Persichetti
Sanctus (from Mass) – Bernstein

Concert Choir:
Denn alles fleiches ist wie gras (from Ein Deutches Requiem) – Brahms
Toward the Unknown Region – Vaughan Williams

Singers:
The Coolin – Barber
Come to My Heart – Foster

Jennie Kissed Me – Barnum
Simple Gifts – Copland
The Ol’ Chisholm Trail – Larsen

So I’ll Sing with My Voice – Argento
Hold On (from The Secret Garden) – Simon

Singers & Concert Choir:
Pilgrims’ Hymn – Paulus

It was a great deal of work, but paid off in rich dividends.  This program happened to contain some of my favorite music of all time (not just choral music or classical music).  Each night had their moments to shine.  Friday night was probably the best performance of “The Coolin” while Saturday was a remarkable performance of “Gloria” by Persichetti.  Concert Choir’s performances of the Brahms and the Vaughan Williams was powerful.  They sang them with arrangements for piano, four-hands rather than with an orchestra.  I think more people should perform “Toward the Unknown Region,” it’s absolutely golden.

I’m glad that it’s not over for us, we get to keep performing this music on tour.  With such beautiful music, it’s going to make our tour to England a lot of fun.

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