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U.S. Premiere of "Songs of Songs" by Patrick Hawes in St. Louis October 11

Location: Missouri, USA
Choir type: College and University Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
The Missouri Baptist University Chamber Singers, String Ensemble, and soprano Becky Self Thorn present the U.S. Premiere of Song of Songs by Patrick Hawes on Friday night, October 11 at 7:30 in the Pillsbury Chapel and Dale Williams Fine Arts center on the campus of Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis.  We are thrilled to be the first chorus to present this compelling new work in America.  Mr. Hawes is well-known in England but his music is just becoming familiar to American audiences and choirs.  We have found this six-movement work to be engaging and expressive and we look forward to exploring his works more in the coming years.  Song of Songs will be paired with Veni, dilecte mi by Wolfram Buchenburg, a rising young German composer.
 
Also on the program, the MBU Chorale and String Ensemble present Dark Night of the Soul by Ola Gjeilo. The Chorale is joined by pianist Michael Frazier as the featured soloist on this dramatic, theatrical setting of stanzas from the poem by St. John of the Cross.  Mr. Gjeilo's music is already well-established in America and this work is a tour-de-force for piano, strings, and chorus.  Please join us for an outstanding night of new music.  The concert is free, the music is rich and rewarding.
 
Grace and peace,
Larry Smith, DMA
Choral Director
Missouri Baptist University
One College Park Drive
St. Louis MO 63141
smithl@mobap.edu
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