SEGUIN, TEXAS – March 6, 2009 - Texas Lutheran University’s choirs will perform a wide variety of sacred and secular music in a Mason concert during the annual TLU Choir Tour.
The TLU Choir, TLU Women’s Choir and TLU Kantorei Chamber Choir, all under the direction of Dr. Douglas R. Boyer, director of the TLU School of Music, will perform at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 104 Magnolia St. in Mason, at 5 p.m. on March 28. There is no admission charge for the concerts, but a freewill offering will be taken at each performance.
“The students have been working hard to prepare music that spans from the Baroque era to American music of our time, including selections of world music that address cultural and social issues relevant to humanity,” Boyer said. “It’s important to me that students have the opportunity to investigate, study and perform the music from cultures around the world. They not only learn about the music but about the issues inherent in the culture that prompted the creation of the music.”
The TLU Women’s Choir will perform Z. Randall Stroope’s “AN AMERICAN TE DEUM,” a multi-movement work for women’s choir, piano, strings and percussion. The Kantorei Chamber Choir will take on Libby Larsen’s challenging madrigal “Pluck the fruit and taste the pleasure,” and travel into popular music with “And So It Goes” by Billy Joel, as arranged by Bob Chilcott.
In addition to standard repertoire, the TLU Choir will perform “To the Mothers in Brazil” (Salve Regina), a traditional Cuban chant entitled “Yemaya Asesu”, and “Yedid Nefesh” (Beloved of My Soul). The choir will close the program with traditional spirituals and gospel music.
Boyer explained that each year on tour while on tour, in addition to the public concerts, TLU choir members perform at nonprofit facilities.
“Outreach continues to be a big part of what the choirs do on tour. Singing for patients at hospice facilities, in AIDS care facilities, in Alzheimer’s facilities and in homeless shelters are integral to serving humanity through musical study and performance,” he said.
The fine arts have been an integral part of the curriculum at Texas Lutheran University throughout its 118-year history. The TLU choirs tour annually and have appeared in churches, universities and concert halls throughout the United States. An exclusively undergraduate private university, TLU is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.