College of Fine Arts and Design

UCO Choral Students and Faculty Join Edmond Community Chorale For Masterworks Concert

April 19, 2011uco choir

The University of Central Oklahoma's choral students and faculty will partner with the Edmond Community Chorale to present a spring Masterworks Concert  of "Requiem, Op. 9," by Maurice Duruflé, at 5 p.m., May 1, in the sanctuary of The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, located at 3214 North Lake in Oklahoma City.

"Requiem, Op. 9" will be performed in Latin, its original language, and English translations will be provided. Cellist Meryl Nash and organist Rondal Wallace will accompany the performance and featured soloists include mezzo-soprano Roxane LaCombe, Ph.D., Central professor of voice and bass Kevin Eckard, Ph.D., Central professor of voice and director of opera.

Central's Director of Choral Studies Karl Nelson, Ph.D., will serve as conductor of the performance. He is also the artistic director of the Edmond Community Chorale.

"I can't think of a better place to perform this beautiful work," said Nelson.            

"The chant-derived melodies, organ accompaniment and acoustic of the cathedral should create an unforgettable experience."

Prior to the concert, Sion "Ted" Honea, Ph.D., Central professor of music and head of graduate studies, will give a historical presentation of the work, beginning at 4:15 pm.        

In addition, the men of the Central Concert Chorale will also be performing the world premiere of "Emanuel," written and conducted by Gavin Q. Trussell, a Central music graduate student from Sunray, Tex.            

Admission is free, with donations to support the choral programs accepted.                      

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