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October 18, 2012

Conductor says Choir, Chorale performance will be fast-paced

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Oklahoma State University Chamber Choir and Concert Chorale will be featured together in a concert Thursday.

The concert is titled “House of Tudors.”

“We try to vary the concert offerings and this is kind of a combination of the historical importance of the Tudors, the Tudor dynasty, with Elizabeth I,” said conductor Z. Randall Stroope. “It’s a very popular cinematic theme, as well.”

The concert begins at 8 p.m. at the First Christian Church of Stillwater. Stroope said the venue is a popular location in which to perform.

“It’s close to campus,” Stroope said. “It’s well recognized in Stillwater and it has a wonderful organ and lots of space for these kinds of events. A great combination of things.”

Stroope said this event will feature both chamber and larger works. First Christian Church organist David Hughes will perform with the group.

“It will be a fast-paced program, one that offers many works,” Stroope said. “I think they’ll at least be familiar with the composer, if not the work. Again, going from the renaissance period all the way through to present.”

Because of the pace and nature of the concert, the audience will find it fun, he said.

Stroope commends the 16-member chamber choir and the 53-member concert chorale.

“The hallmark of the concert chorale and chamber choir are the high-energy performances and the performance of repertoire that really engages the audience from the beginning to the end,” he said. “And we work very hard to avoid what might be perceived, in some venues, as somewhat of a stuffy, stodgy, classical music concert. We really find things that are crossover that would really identify with audience members who, for one reason or another, haven’t been exposed to classical music.”

Stroope said visuals will accompany the concert, as well.

“We try to include pictures,” Stroope said. “We include some information on different frames that highlight what you’re hearing and I think it really enhances the whole thing. I think when you can combine the visual and the vocal with the mind, it just kind of constantly keeps them engaged.”

The concert is free to attend.

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