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Fall Choral Showcase set for Oct. 13

October 4, 2017

The Indiana State University School of Music will present a Fall Choral Showcase Concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 in the University Hall Theater, located in the Bayh College of Education building.

The concert will feature three Indiana State choral ensembles. The Concert Choir, under the direction of Scott Buchanan, will perform a program consisting of diverse repertoire by contemporary composers, including Dan Farrest, Jake Runestad, Richard Burchard and Narong Prangcharoen. Additionally, arrangements by Victor Johnson (South African Folk Song) and Rob Dietz (Spiritual) will be included. Angela Scherer will serve as the accompanist.

"This is going to be an exciting program. I am a huge advocate for contemporary composers and their music," Buchanan said. "There is such a wide range of styles ... a spiritual, a folks song, a neo-renaissance piece. We are also featuring a piece by the feature guest composer for our upcoming Contemporary Music Festival. I think the audience will find it quite interesting, in that it stretches the boundaries of traditional vocal techniques."

The Women's Choir will also offer a diverse program including works by Sally Albrecht, Andre Thomas, Ivette Herryman, Sherry Porterfield and Indianapolis composer Greg Gilpin.

"We have a large and talented freshman class this fall, allowing this ensemble to grow in both quality and size," said conductor Yana Weinstein. Seth Jines will serve as the accompanist.

The Sycamore Singers will open the concert with a set of vocal jazz and contemporary a cappella charts.

"Both the vocal jazz and contemporary a cappella genres have grown tremendously, in terms of popularity, throughout the last decade or so," Buchanan said. "Not only that, but studying these styles demands the students to become better musicians, singers and listeners in each rehearsal."

The set will include "One in a Million" (Peter Blair), "Take Me Home" (as recorded by Pentatonix), "Light of a Clear Blue Morning" (Dolly Parton), "I'm a Train" (as recorded by the King's Singers), "When the Earth Stands Still" (Don Macdonald) and "Time After Time" (Cyndi Lauper).

Buchanan also conducts the Sycamore Singers, and Angela Scherer will accompany.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 812-237-4590.