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DePauw University Chorus Presents its Fall Concert Sunday

November 13, 2003

November 13, 2003, Greencastle, Ind. - On Sunday, November 16, the DePauw University Chorus will present its fall concert in Kresge Auditorium of the DePauw Performing Arts Center at 3 p.m. School of Music faculty members Anna Mattix (oboe) and Harriet Moore (harp) will join the ensemble for this event. The concert will feature works by composers inspired by folk music. Conducted by assistant professor of music Robert Gehrenbeck, the DePauw University Chorus includes 68 members drawn from throughout the DePauw University campus.

Starting the program will be Anthems and Fuging Tunes by Colonial American composer William Billings. A personal friend of Paul Revere, Billings wrote in a distinctly American style noted for its independence from the rules of traditional European harmony. Music by English composer Gustav Holst will follow. Inspired by ancient Hindu religious scriptures, Holst's Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda are powerful musical interpretations of the mysteries of existence. The composer made his own English translations of the texts from the original Sanskrit. Several of the movements are reminiscent of Holst's famous orchestral suite, The Planets.

The women and men of the Chorus will also perform separate sets, featuring music by composers from around the world, including Franz Schubert (Austria), Healey Willan (Canada), Robert Schumann (Germany), Béla Bartók (Hungary), and R? Ogura (Japan). The concert will conclude with arrangements of American folk tunes and spirituals by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw.

This event is free and open to all. For more information about this or other School of Music events, call (765) 658-4379 or click here.

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