Contact: Wendel Sloan at 505.562.2253
Reporter: Scarlet Smith
PORTALES—Eastern New Mexico University will present the Fall Choral Concert at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19, in the Music Building's Buchanan Hall on the Portales campus. It is free and open to the public.
The concert will feature the Chamber Singers, conducted by Dr. David Gerig, director of choral activities and dean of the College of Fine Arts; and the University Singers, conducted by Ms. Marsha Brandon, ENMU instructor of voice.
The University Singers will perform two sacred pieces, two American and Chilean folk songs, and will end with Ralph Hunter's "Five Nursery Rhymes."
The Chamber Singers will perform madrigals by Thomas Morley (16th c.) and John Rutter (20th c), along with several sacred pieces in Latin, and the "musical sound of mosquitoes that should bring an aural and visual experience to the audience," according to Gerig.
"The voice is its own musical instrument and every year the ensemble has to develop a cohesive sound. That takes time. We begin practicing for the choral concert at the beginning of the semester, meeting three times per week," said Gerig, who has been with Eastern since 1984.
Brandon, who graduated from Eastern in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in choral education and a master's in vocal performance, said, "It was wonderful to be a student at Eastern, and now a great experience to give back to my alma mater."
Gerig added, "We are pleased that students interested in music gravitate to the Music Building no matter what their degree is. There are many talented students that enjoy expressing themselves musically and they have a chance to do that at Eastern."
For more information, call 505.562.2373.