Centenary College Choir to perform annual “Rhapsody in View” November 2 and 3 at First Baptist Church

2019-2020 Centenary College Choir

SHREVEPORT, LA — The Centenary College Choir presents its annual “Rhapsody in View” performance at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 3, at First Baptist Church in Shreveport. The concert, co-sponsored by the Downtown Shreveport Lions Club, kicks off Centenary’s Homecoming week and introduces the Choir’s 2019-2020 theme, “My Favorite Things.”

“This year’s Rhapsody program is a lot of fun and reflects our commitment to offering something for everyone,” explains Dr. David Hobson, director of the Centenary College Choir. “We’ve drawn from some of our most popular selections from the past dozen years or so under the title of ‘My Favorite Things.’ There are a few newer additions to the repertoire as well, and we’ll be presenting some great women’s and men’s pieces this year which add a nice variety to the concert.”

Pieces in the Choir’s 2019-2020 repertoire include a jazzy Mitos Andaya setting of the namesake “My Favorite Things” performed by the Centenary College Choir Ladies and a rendition of Ave Maria from the Choir Gentlemen. Other selections range from an African processional, Wana Baraka, to the festive Renaissance motet Loquebantur, to Eric Nelson’s exquisite setting of How Do I Love Thee, to a selection from Mendelssohn’s Elijah. The Choir will participate in special performance of Elijah in April 2020, a collaborative effort of the entire Hurley School of Music at Centenary. Other Rhapsody selections include Dawson’s Ezekiel Saw de Wheel, Forrest’s A Covenant Prayer, Wilberg’s Bound for the Promised Land, and a medley from Pirates of Penzance.

“Rhapsody in View,” presented annually since 1949, is one of the most enduring arts experiences in the Shreveport-Bossier City area. Proceeds from the concert support Lions Club projects such as sight conservation, the Lions Eye Research Foundation, the Northwest Louisiana Lions Eye Bank, and the Lions Camp near Leesville, Louisiana.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door, and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased from Centenary College Choir members, Downtown Lions Club members, at the Hurley School of Music at Centenary, at all Porters Cleaners locations, or by phoning 318.869.5235.


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