HSU University Singers and Humboldt Chorale Concert

The Humboldt State University School of Dance, Music, and Theatre presents “How Can I Keep From Singing?,” an evening of uplifting and inspiring choral music featuring the HSU University Singers and Humboldt Chorale on Friday, December 10th at 8:00 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall. Tickets are $10 General, $5 Child, Free for HSU students with ID and can be purchased online at music.humboldt.edu/upcoming. Because seating is limited, purchasing tickets in advance is strongly recommended. PLEASE NOTE! In order to best protect the campus community and visitors, beginning December 1st, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result within three days prior will be required for any visitor attending an event on campus who is not staff, faculty, or a student. Additionally, facemasks will be required for admission. Both ensembles look forward to a return to the Fulkerson Recital Hall stage after a two year absence. “We are extremely excited to share our program with a live audience!” says choral director Rachel Samet. “We weren’t able to sing together in the same room together for over a year, so it’s been especially joyous to rehearse together for this performance after so much time away. I planned an eclectic program that will hopefully draw everyone in and celebrate the power and humanity of making music together.” Humboldt Chorale opens the program with Guatemalan composer Tomás Pascual’s “Oy es día de placer.” Pascual is considered the first indigenous musician whose original compositions still exist. Also on the program is the lovely “My Very Own” by Missouri composer Susan LaBarr, the gently rhythmic “Lua, Lua, Lua” by Brazilian composer Esther Scliar, Eliza Gilkyson’s moving “Requiem” arranged by Craig Hella Johnson, and Gwyneth Walker’s setting of the American folk tune “How Can I Keep from Singing?,” which emphasizes the celebratory and life-affirming aspects of the song. University Singers performs the buoyant “Sing, My Child” by Canadian composer Sarah Quartel, a sensual bolero entitled “Juramento” by Cuban composer Miguel Matamoros, the frolicking madrigal “Fair Phyllis I Saw Sitting All Alone” by English Renaissance composer John Farmer, and the simple but poignant “The Road Home” by Stephen Paulus. Then the two choirs join together and close the concert with Rollo Dilworth’s gospel arrangement of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes’ “I Dream a World.”

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