The Laurentian Singers of St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY will be present a concert at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill on Sunday, March 10 at 5 p.m. as part of their spring break tour. The concert is open to the public
and free of charge.
The Laurentian Singers, a select coeducational choir of 24 undergraduate singers, continues its 67-year tradition of choral excellence at St. Lawrence University in 2012-13. The group has won wide acclaim since its founding and in addition to their many performances on campus and in the community, the ensemble has toured extensively. In recent years, they have toured in Puerto Rico, France, New York and Boston, New Orleans and Central Europe, singing for enthusiastic, packed audiences and meeting with other choirs. Their wide-ranging repertoire, drawn from musics of many styles and countries, reflects the spirit of the liberal arts experience at St. Lawrence.
The Laurentian Singers includes undergraduate students who represent a wide variety of academic majors and interests. For this year’s tour repertoire, director Barry Torres has chosen an eclectic mix of American, European and African-based music.
The program opens with 3 Traditional American folk hymns: Down to the River to Pray as arranged by accompanist Barbara Philips-Farley, and Alice Parker’s beloved arrangements of Wondrous Love and Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal. The Singers then pay a musical visit to Leipzig, singing J.S. Bach’s magnificent motet for double choir Singet dem Herrn. Continuing in a European vein, they will sing several Romantic selections including music by Brahms (O schöne nacht), Schumann (Du bist wie eine blume), Elgar (The Snow and a stunning arrangement of Nimrod from the Enigma Variations) and Grieg (Hvad es du dog skjön). A set of African based songs follows including Stevie Wonder’s Sir Duke, selections from Paul Simon’s Graceland, South African composer Paul Van Dijk’s Horizons (written for the Kings Singers) and the popular Baba Yetu, from the video game Civilization IV. Civil Rights Movement songs Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me ‘round and I’m on my way to Freedomland bring the concert to a rousing conclusion. The program will feature several Laurentian Singers as instrumentalists playing violin, fiddle, guitar, African percussion and ukelele.
Located in an ideal location in the northern part of New York State between the St. Lawrence River and the Adirondack Mountain range, St. Lawrence University is a diverse liberal arts learning community of inspiring faculty, serious students and accomplished alumni, guided by tradition and focused on the future. The mission of St. Lawrence University is to provide an inspiring and demanding undergraduate education in the liberal arts to students
selected for their seriousness of purpose and intellectual promise.
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