Centenary College Choir
Since 1941, the Centenary College Choir has performed throughout the world: singing for front-line troops in Korea, many American and European heads of state, NATO and American armed forces worldwide, ten international conventions of Lions International, three times for the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, the Council of Bishops, and two lengthy engagements at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
The choir is a unique collegiate choral group, singing a varied repertory including both sacred and secular music, from Bach to Broadway, folk to contemporary, and opera to oratorio. There is always something for everyone at a Centenary College Choir concert.
Centenary Choir joins FUMC Chancel Choir for Texas Street Arts Series "An Eclectic Requiem" Sunday, March 8, 3:00pm-FUMC Sanctuary
The famed "3 B's" - three of the most influential composers ever, Masters Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, will be brought together in a most unique fashion! In keeping with the treasured lineage of great masterworks that poignantly deal with death and eternal life, culling their prestigious repertoire yields some poignant examples.
Bach's "Actus Tragicus," a cantata whose nickname hints at its funeral origins, shows Bach's incredible sense of drama, portraying the journey of the human soul, both before and after death. Beethoven never wrote a Requiem mass, but did wrestle with similar themes in isolated movements of other works. In his monumental "Missa Solemnis," written at the same time as his celebrated 9th Symphony, the "Agnus Dei" movement explores Beethoven's persistent prayers for peace in a time of war and death. And Brahms, of course, did write a Requiem Mass, nicknamed "Requiem for the Living" because of its emphasis on those who are left to mourn.
Each choir will be highlighted individually, including soloists, as well as in combination for the Brahms; also featured is a full professional orchestra. The program is free and open to the public.
Centenary Choir and Camerata to host annual High School Choral Festival February 13-14
Centenary College's Hurley School of Music will host four Shreveport/Bossier area high school choirs for the annual High School Choral Festival and Concert Feb. 13-14. The final concert in Brown Chapel will take place Saturday, Feb. 14 at 4:00pm (a time change from previous publicity). The Festival affords local students the opportunity to get a good look at Centenary's music program and outstanding music faculty. Students also the opportunity receive a private vocal coaching session at no charge by Dr. Gale Odom, Dean of the Hurley School of Music. The concert will feature 2-3 selections from each choir, as well as selections by the Centenary Choir and Camerata. All singers will combine to perform women's, men's, and mixed selections by Vaughan Williams, Biebl, and Foster. The 4:00 Saturday concert in Brown Chapel is free and open to the public.