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HSU University Singers and Humboldt Chorale

Please join the HSU Department of Music and the eighty-plus student and community musicians that make up the University Singers and Humboldt Chorale for a wonderful evening of music for voices on Friday, December 8 at 8:00 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall. The title of this concert is “How Can I Keep from Singing?” because the program reflects on why we need to sing - to deal with life, death, love, spirit, struggle, and of course - celebration! Conductor Rachel Samet has chosen a program that explores deep emotion, with a wide variety of styles and eras of music, of languages, and with exciting texts. “From a piece sung in Sanskrit inspired by reflections on the afterlife (Gamaya) to the exuberance of Gwyneth Walker’s arrangement of the Quaker tune “How Can I Keep from Singing,” I wanted music that would reach to the heart of what communal song is about,” reflects Dr. Samet. From the Lacrymosa from Mozart’s Requiem to the African-American ring shout “Run, Mary, Run” to the powerful Hebrew prayer “Avinu Malkeinu,” featuring tenor David Powell, to the lovely Italian Renaissance madrigal “Il bianco e dolce cigno,” this program will have something for every listener. Also featured on the program are Finnish composer Einjohani Rautavaara’s “Suite de Lorca,” based on the poet Federico Garcia Lorca’s evocative Spanish poetry, a fun arrangement of the bluegrass tune “Will the Circle be Unbroken,” and a gorgeous and emotional new work from Minnesota’s rising-star composer Jake Runestad called “Let My Love Be Heard.” The evening’s music will culminate with both choirs joining together singing Abbie Betinis’ simple yet profound “Love is Love is Love” and the Stevie Wonder tune “Heaven Help Us All.” John Chernoff accompanies University Singers and Larry Pitts accompanies Humboldt Chorale. $8 General, $5 Senior/Child, FREE for HSU students with ID.

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