WSU's Concert Chorale and A Cappella present a concert of extended works for choir and instrumentalists sure to warm your soul in the midst of winter.
A Cappella Choir presents Concerto for Marimba and Choir by contemporary composer Gene Koshinski. Throughout this three-movement work, the choir is utilized as an additional percussion instrument through writing that imitates the sustained tones of a marimba, the consonant colors of a drum set, scat syllables associated with jazz, and even clapping and shouting. The music varies from rich, sustained chords to vibrant, mixed-meter rhythms that pulsate forward. A musical and vocal challenge for the choir, it showcases the incredible talent of the featured percussionist, Bryce Mulkey.
In contrast to the contemporary music performed by A Cappella Choir, the WSU Concert Chorale presents a treasure of the Baroque era, J. S. Bach's Cantata 131, Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir. This soulful cantata, written following a great fire in the town of Mühlausen, offered a measure of hope in a time of great distress. Composed in 1707, it is one of Bach's earliest cantatas and a wonderful example of the youthful writing employed by the then twenty-two-year-old composer.
Joining the WSU ensembles in concert are the Haven Singers from Haven High School led by Scott Hay, who was recently given the National Federation of State High School Association's Outstanding Music Educator Award.