(October 22, 2012)

Choir presents 64th Annual Rhapsody in View

SHREVEPORT, LA — The Centenary College Choir presents Rhapsody in View at the Riverview Theater November 3-4. Co-sponsored by the Downtown Lions Club, Rhapsody in View is an annual tradition dating back to 1949.

Centenary College Choir 2012

  • What: Rhapsody in View

  • Where: Shreveport Riverview Theater

  • When: Saturday, November 3, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 4, at 2:30 p.m.

  • Prices: $10.00 in advance*, $12.00 at the door

This year's Rhapsody in View offers a musical journey that parallels the human life, presenting a thoughtful collection of lullabies, love songs, and memorial selections that point to life eternal, a thematic progression encapsulated in Daniel Gawthrop's Sing Me to Heaven. The profound words of poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning and hymn writer Charles Wesley shine respectively in Eric Nelson's How Do I Love Thee and Mack Wilberg's Love Divine, All Loves Excelling. Peter Louis Van Dijk's profound West African lullaby, Horizons, and Jeffery Ames's In Remembrance explore the connections of birth and death.

In addition to these pieces, the Choir will also offer rousing spirituals such as Moses Hogan's Ride on King Jesus, Shawn Kirchner's Wana Baraka, and Byron Smith's Worthy to be Praised. A touch of Broadway rounds out the program with the celebrated music of Andrew Lloyd Webber's tragic love story, The Phantom of the Opera.

The Shreveport Downtown Lions Club has co-sponsored the event since its inception. This year's proceeds will help fund sight conservation, Lions Eye Research Foundation, the Northwest Louisiana Lions Eye Bank, and the Lions Camp near Leesville, LA.

Hailed as "America's Singing Ambassadors," the Centenary Choir has traveled the world for seven decades, constantly exploring new and productive avenues in the world of collegiate choral music. This innovative spirit is evident in the Choir's unique and diverse programming, a repertoire that ranges from Bach to Broadway, world folk music to contemporary church music, and oratorio to opera.

* Tickets are available from members of the Choir, the Hurley School of Music on the Centenary campus, all Porter's Cleaners locations, any Downtown Shreveport Lions Club member, or by contacting 318.869.5235.

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