College of Fine Arts and Design

UCO Concert Chorale Joins Edmond Community Chorale For Bach's 'Christmas Oratorio'

Nov. 30, 2010uco choir

The University of Central Oklahoma's Concert Chorale will join Central's Cantilena Chorus and the Edmond Community Chorale for a holiday performance of Bach's "Christmas Oratorio" at 7:30 pm, Dec. 11 at First Christian Church in Edmond, located at 201 East. 2nd St. in Edmond.

"'Christmas Oratorio' is one of J. S. Bach's most exciting works," said Karl Nelson, D.M.A., Central's director of choral studies and conductor of both the Concert Chorale and the Edmond Community Chorale.

"It is based on the biblical narrative of the birth of Jesus, the angelic annunciation, and the adoration of the shepherds. It is a celebration of the holiday season with one of the great masterworks from the Baroque period."

"Christmas Oratorio" features the choral movements "Jauchzet, Frohlocket, auf preiset die Tage" (Shout ye exultant this Day of Salvation), "Ehre sei Gott" (Glory to God) and "Herrscher des Himmels, erhöre das Lallen" (Ruler of Heaven, tho' weak be our voices), interspersed with familiar chorale melodies.

The performance will feature five soloists, including Mark T. Lundholm, tenor, and UCO School of Music faculty members Barbara Streets, Ph.D., soprano, as the Angel; Roxane LaCombe, Ph.D., mezzo-soprano; Kevin Eckard, D.M.A., bass; and Nicholas Saverine, tenor, as the Evangelist.

Featured solo arias include the vibrant "Grosser Herr, o starker König" (Great Lord and mighty King), "Bereite dich, Zion" (Prepare thyself, Zion) and "Schlafe, mein Liebster, geniesse der Ruh" (Sleep Thou, my Dearest, and rest Thee a while).

The choirs will perform the first three parts of the six part oratorio and will sing in German with projected translations of English. A full orchestra will accompany the singers.

"It is a constant inspiration to work with our talented students, and the addition of the Edmond Community Chorale-who sings for the sheer love of it-makes for an unforgettable evening of music-making," added Streets, concert soloist and head of Central's vocal arts division.

Admission is free. Donations will be accepted.

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