Contact: : Dr.
Will Andress, Centenary Choir, 318-869-5200, or
Ms. Lynn Stewart,
Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120
Gets Russian Instruction from One of its Own in Preparation for Oct. 28-29
"Rhapsody in View"
SHREVEPORT, LA -- A
sophomore who speaks five languages and sings alto in the Centenary Choir
will bring a bit of Russian authenticity to the Choir's Shreveport season
opener Oct. 28 and 29.
Thanks to several weeks
of Russian language instruction from Katica "Kate" Stojanova, a native
of Macedonia, the Choir's 60 voices are prepared for the rigors of Russian
pronunciations at they sing Rachmanioff's "Bogoroditse devo" from
"They picked up on
it very well. It was fun," said Stojanova, 20, a native of Gevgelia,
Macedonia, who spent two high school years with adopted American families
in The Woodlands, Texas, area before earning a choir scholarship at Centenary.
Choir director Will
Andress said the piece was one the Choir had been wanting to do in Russian
for several years, and found just the help it needed in the form of one
of its own members. The Russian song, Andress said, is a setting
of a Russian Orthodox version of an "Ave Maria."
It is included on a
varied program of choral literature the Choir will perform during the identical
pair of concerts that form its annual "Rhapsody in View" event. The
program includes sacred literature intermixed with secular songs, all accompanied
by pianists and other instrumentalists.
The concerts are the
traditional season opener for the globetrotting Centenary Choir.
They are co-sponsored by the Downtown Shreveport Lions Club and will be
held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29 in the
Shreveport Civic Theater.
Tickets, $6 each, are
available from the Hurley School of Music, Southfield Music and Tapes on
Youree Drive, the Expo Hall Box Office, the Music Office of First United
Methodist Church, and members of the choir or the Downtown Lions Club.
For more information or tickets, call 318-429-6887.
The Centenary Choir
is an auditioned ensemble, selected each year in late February before the
new members graduate from high school. Members come to the campus
10 days earlier than the other students for a choir camp at Hodges Gardens
near Many, La. This is reported to be the only summer camp for collegiate
singers in the nation. It is here that preparation is begun for the
Choir's hometown opener, Rhapsody in View.
This is the 59th year
of the Choir and the 52nd year of this concert series, traditions begin
in 1941 by the founding director, Dr. A.C. "Cheesy" Voran. The current
director, Dr. Andress, is now in his 27th season.
The Choir has already
given the upcoming concert in four Louisiana towns on weekend tour during
the last weekend in September. Dr. Andress refers to these as opening
"Off Broadway," in preparation for Rhapsody in View. By the time
of the Shreveport event, the Choir will have also given two performances
of opera choruses with the Shreveport Symphony.
On Oct. 28 and 29,
the concert will include the following sacred literature: Randall
Stroope's "Lamentations of Jeremiah;" Jean Berger's "The Eyes of All Wait
Upon Thee;" "Ride on King Jesus," the spiritual arranged by New Orleans
musician Moses Hogan; Healy Willan's "O King All Glorious," the Wilhousky
setting of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," and Palestrina's "Tenebrae
The secular portion
of the program will include an arrangement of the American folk song "John
Henry," Norman Dello Jolo's "Jubilant Song," an Irish folk song medley
"A Lad and a Lass," "Oh My Luve's Like a Red, Red Rose" set by Rene Clausen,
a medley of tunes from the Broadway musical Big River, a "Dixieland
Jambouree," and a group of songs titled "An American Salute."
Performing what is
called "the break" number will be the Choir's accompanists, Emily Pinnix
of Shreveport and Jerry Don Killian of DeQueen, Ark. Both are graduating
performing with the Choir will be Lauren Watson, violin; Julia Fraser,
flute; Doug Bryson, harmonica; Sean Gilder, bass; Josh Melson, trumpet;
Collin Taylor, saxophone; Zack Ingrim, trombone, and John Cowden, percussion.
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