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ISU Choirs to host Hillcrest Women’s Choir on Feb. 29

Posted February 22, 2008

The Idaho State University Women’s Choir and Chamber Choir will join the Women’s Choir from Hillcrest High School for a choral concert on Friday, Feb. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall at the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

General admission is $5, $3 for ISU faculty and staff, and free to ISU students with ID.

The ISU Women’s Choir will perform “Cantique de Jean Racine” by Gabriel Faure; “Let Us Imitate Her Notes” from George Frideric Handel’s 1736 “Alexander’s Feast”; and “See the Gypsies” by Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967). The Women’s Choir will be led by founder and director Kathleen A. Lane, with accompaniment by Carol Hotrum.

Dr. Scott Anderson will lead the ISU Chamber Choir in works to be featured on their upcoming concert tour to Peru, May 20-31:  “O sacrum convivium” by Tomas Luis de Victoria; “Sanctus in D Major” by J. S. Bach; “Kyrie” from Maurice Durufle’s “Requiem”; and Moses Hogan’s energetic arrangement of the spiritual “Ride on, King Jesus.” The Chamber Choir will also present the unique “Bach (Again)" composed by Edwin London, which is London’s contemporary re-envisioning of J. S. Bach's revered chorale setting “Komm süsser Tod.”

The evening’s guest ensemble will be the Advanced Women’s Choir of Hillcrest High School, Idaho Falls, under the baton of Camille Blackburn. Blackburn has worked so closely with the ISU Department of Music that it just seemed high time to feature her choir, according to Prof. Lane.

“I’ve worked with Camille for the past 15 years,” Lane said. “Her program has produced some of our outstanding students, both music educators and soloists.

“For years, she’s been the accompanist for our ISU Choral Invitational in the fall and the ISU Women’s Choir Festival in the spring,” Lane added. “She’s made herself indispensible.”

Hillcrest’s program includes "We Sing, We Dance!" by Ruth Elaine Schram; "Summer's Farewell," by Frank K. DeWald; and "Sunrise" from “Four Sacred Songs for the Night “ by Houston Bright. Accompanists will be Cellist Mark Anderson and pianist Candace Cramer.

For further information contact Kathleen A. Lane, 282-2423, or lanekath@isu.edu.