The WSU Madrigal Singers, directed by Tom Wine, present Everything Old is New Again, a program that features a set of music by Renaissance composer, Orlando di Lasso. These delightful madrigals from the sixteenth century are enjoyed for their wit and narrative qualities. Included in this set is the “Echo Song,” which displays emotions from joy and playfulness to anger and resignation, as well as the romantic “O Eyes of My Beloved,” which is both heartfelt and subtly wry with underlying double entendre. Because of an invitation to be a part of the hundredth anniversary of the alumni association the ensemble is also presenting a unique set of fight songs from the days when WSU was simply Fairmount College. Like the di Lasso madrigals, these fight songs contain humorous elements, as the students of 100 years ago were making fun of other Kansas colleges while celebrating the fighting spirit of their teams. Also featured on the program is the poignant “My Wish,” which was composed by native Kansas composer Brad Prinz for his wife. Prinz passed away six months after publishing the music, which stands as a lasting tribute to his love of life and family. Keeping with the theme of everything old is new, the singers bring to life a traditional Spiritual in a rousing contemporary arrangement by Moses Hogan of “No Hidin’ Place.”
The WSU Women’s Glee Club, conducted by Michael Hanawalt, presents a program featuring songs of nature. Stuart Calvert’s arrangement of Song for the Mira highlights a love of nature, as memories of times on the Mira river are rekindled. Zoltán Kodály’s wordless Mountain Nights paints a picture of a windy evening in the mountains. Pablo Cassals’s Nigra Sum uses the seasons as a metaphors for love. The program concludes with a work that incorporates the African-American spiritual “All Night, All Day,” Rollo Dilworth’s Jordan’s Angels. This work refers to the Jordan River, the crossing of which symbolizes the journey to heaven in African-American culture.