Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music presents a Spring Choral Concert titled “Humanity and Deity in Choral Music” at 8 p.m. Monday, April 8, in St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown.
The concert features the YSU Dana Chorale, University Chorus and the Symphonic Choir.
The program, under the direction of Hae-Jong Lee of Poland, Ohio, will be accompanied by a select chamber orchestra, brass quartet and organ. It will also feature several vocal soloists, including Lauren Corcoran of Moon Township, Pa., Rebecca Enlow of Salem, Ohio, Emily Alcorn of Poland, Ohio, Victor Cardamone of Apollo, Pa., Anthony Ventura of Shenango, Pa., William Hogue of E. Liverpool, Ohio, and Chris Nutter of Zelienople, Pa.
The Dana Chorale opens the program from the balcony with two very contrasting motets by Anton Bruckner: “Ecce sacerdos” (Behold a great priest) accompanied by three trombones and organ, and “Tota pulchra es” (Thou art all fair). The University Chorus performs two selections: “Children’s Letter to God” by G. M. Shearer and a medley of “Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Dana Chorale returns to the stage for two more songs: “Take it from Figure ‘O’ “ and “An Irish Airman” by Jonny Priano, a graduate conducting student of the Dana School of Music. Priano has published a few of his choral compositions with the Alfred Publishing Co. “An Irish Airman” is a new composition describing an emotional complexity of facing an imminent death. The Symphonic Choir – the combined chorus – then takes the stage to perform the centerpiece of the concert, “Utrecht Te Deum” by G. F. Handel, accompanied by the Dana Chamber Orchestra. The concert concludes with a hymn arrangement, “When In Our Music God Is Glorified,” accompanied by brass quartet, timpani and organ.
The concert is free and open to the public. A free-will donation will be accepted. For more information, call 330-941-3636.