November 29 2006
The work, by French composer Arthur Honegger, consists of three sections which chronicle the major events in the biblical story of David - his youth, his love for Bathsheeba, the rebellion of his beloved Absalom, David's death, and finally, the crowning of his son, Solomon, as the new king.
Honegger was a major musical figure of the twentieth century. From 1909 until 1911, he studied at the Zurich Conservatory of Music in Zurich, Switzerland. While at the conservatory, he studied violin, conducting, and harmony under Freidrich Hegan. After leaving the Zurich Conservatory, Honegger moved to Paris and was soon accepted into the Paris Conservatory. In 1921, Swiss playwright Rene Morax wished to reopen his Theatre du Jorat, located in the Swiss Alps. For this special occasion, Morax asked Honegger to compose music for a play based on the life of King David. In 1923, the work was presented in concert form as a symphonic poem in which Honegger combined the music with the narrative written by Morax, to link the musical numbers together.
Sunday's performance will feature ISU voice faculty members Colleen Davis, soprano; Peggy Balensuela, mezzo-soprano and tenor David Mannell as soloists. Julie Dixon, a faculty member with the ISU theater department, will portray the Witch of Endor. Robert Cowden, professor emeritus and former music department chair, will serve as the narrator.
Tickets for the concert are $8 for adults and $5 for students. ISU students will be admitted free of charge with a valid student ID. For more information, call the ISU choral music office at (812) 237-4590.
Contact: Scott Buchanan, ISU Director of Choral Activities, (812) 237-4590 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Indiana State University Masterworks Chorale, under the direction of Scott Buchanan, will present the musical drama, "King David," at 3 p.m. Dec. 3 in Tilson Auditorium.