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Masterworks Chorale in concert

April 17, 2018

The Indiana State University School of Music Student Ensemble Series will present the Masterworks Chorale in concert 4 p.m. Sunday, April 29 in Tilson Auditorium of Tirey Hall.

The 35-member Masterworks Chorale will perform the Te Deum by W. A. Mozart and the Requiem by American composer Neil Harmon. The works will be performed with chamber orchestra, and conducted by School of Music faculty member Dr. Mark Carlisle. Soprano solos in the Requiem will feature Dr. Colleen Davis, also a School of Music faculty member.

The Te Deum is an early Christian hymn of praise, taken from the opening Latin words, Te Deum laudamus, or "Thee, O God, we praise," and set to music by many composers. This Te Deum, a work by the thirteen-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was written for the Salzburg Cathedral immediately before the young Mozart's first journey to Italy. The relatively short piece, which is closely based on a Te Deum by Michael Haydn (Josef's younger brother), traditionally divides the extensive text into four sentences and ends with a magnificent double fugue. The first movement incorporates the greater part of the text, while the slow, intimate Adagio, Tu ergo quaesumus, lasts only a few bars, followed by a rapid, dancing Aeternum fac. A fugue on the central statement, In te, Domine, speravi - non confundar in aeternum, leads to a monumental conclusion.

Neil Harmon is Director of Music and Organist at Grace United Methodist Church in Wilmington, Delaware, where he directs a semi-professional choir, a youth choir, and two bell choirs. Dr. Harmon enjoys a career as organist, conductor, composer, and teacher. A graduate of The Eastman School of Music (DMA, MM) and Brigham Young University (BM), his compositions include music for solo organ, handbell choir, mixed chorus, woodwind quintet, and brass quintet. He is perhaps best known for his Requiem, which was released in 2014. The Requiem is in seven movements for SATB choir with orchestra and soprano solo. Some movements have English texts, some Latin. A setting of Psalm 23 is included, as is a concluding text from Revelation, "These are they." The accompaniment to the tranquil setting of Psalm 23 is pastoral in mood and transports the listener to a quiet and peaceful place. The choral writing is smooth and introspective. The work as a whole contains lush harmonies with gentle dissonances and modal flavors within a mostly tonal context.

Tickets will be available at the door, or by calling the School of Music at 812-237-2771. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for non-Indiana State students and free for Indiana State students (with a student I.D.) and children under the age of 10.

Contact: Mark Carlisle, School of Music, Indiana State University, at 812-237-2761, or