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Concert Choir/Chamber Singers, Sorensen to perform

Louisiana Tech”s School of the Performing Arts has two presentations on tap: a concert by the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers and a recital by a new faculty member.

The choral groups will present their Fall Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, in Howard Auditorium, Center for the Performing Arts. Dr. Randall Sorensen will perform a recital of music for trumpet and organ at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, also in Howard.
Laura Thompson, director of choirs, said Monday”s program will be varied and interesting and will include a patriotic number, a spiritual, music from the Renaissance and modern pieces.

Student soloists and their featured areas include senior vocal major Heidi Jonesboro, an operatic aria; junior music performance major Tara Wiley, Farmerville, a piano selection; sophomore graphic design major Nick Norwood, West Monroe, solo on “America”; and senior music major Ben Hurst, Pineville, performing on guitar with the choir on the traditional spiritual “Steal Away.”

Hurst will also accompany the groups on other numbers, along with pianist Kristen Freiss, a freshman music performance major, and drummer Nick Summers, a junior music major — both of Ruston.

The Chamber Singers have been invited to perform for the International Mozart Festival that will be held in Austria in the summer of 2006. Thompson said because the cost for that endeavor is high, students have begun fund-raisers this fall.

The public is invited to attend the concert free of charge, although anyone interested in donating to the Austria fund will have the opportunity to do so, Thompson said.

In Saturday”s recital, Sorensen will be assisted by visiting artist Dr. Daniel Stienert, music director and organist at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton, Wis.

The duo will present a program of music from the baroque to the present day. Selections will include Charles Ives” “Variations on America,” David Sampson”s “The Mysteries Remain” and William Boyce”s “Voluntary #1.” Admission is free.

Written by Sallie Hollis