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Lenoir-Rhyne A Cappella Choir Prepares for North Carolina Tour and Home Concert

Tue Jan 29 2013

A Cappella Choir Tour

HICKORY, N.C. — The Lenoir-Rhyne University A Cappella Choir and College Singers, directed by Paul D. Weber, will perform on tour in North Carolina February 24 to March 4 and will present their Home Concert in Hickory on Monday, March 4 at 7:30 pm.  Accompanying the choir will be Jeana Neal Borman, Lenoir-Rhyne University collaborative artist, and Brandon Burns, junior sacred music major.

Repertoire sung by the choir will include “Sing Ye Praises to Our King” by Aaron Copland, “Come, Let Us Sing unto the Lord” by Emma Lou Diemer, “Arise, Shine!” by Paul Weber, “Richte mich, Gott” by Felix Mendelssohn, “Tenebrae factae sunt” by Johann Michael Haydn, “The Heavens are Telling” by Franz Joseph Haydn, “The Call” by James Gossler, “Pie Jesu” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, “Ride On, King Jesus” by Moses Hogan, “O Day Full of Grace” by F. Melius Christiansen, and selections from “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff.

The College Singers, a select vocal ensemble from the A Cappella Choir, will appear on the program.  In addition to sacred works by Hammerschmidt, Bach, or Poulenc, they will perform several of Johannes Brahms’ “Love-Song Waltzes” (Op. 52), “Good Night, Dear Heart” by Dan Forrest, “The Desert and the Parched Land” by Dave Brubeck, and “True Light” by Keith Hampton.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University A Cappella Choir celebrates its 77th season this academic year.  The choir has sung for the installation of two national Lutheran bishops, for mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, and for the 2009 Lutheran unity service at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.  In April of 2007 the choir gave its final spring concert in Blacksburg, Virginia, in remembrance of the first anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre. The choir has taken eleven tours abroad, themost recent to Poland, the Czech Republic, and Germany in May 2011.

The Rev. Dr. Paul Weber, now in his fourteenth year as director, is only the third tenured conductor of the choir in its history.  Weber and his wife, university organist Florence Jowers, joined the Lenoir-Rhyne faculty in 1996 to found the Sacred Music Program for the training of undergraduates in the craft and practice of church music.  Weber is a graduate of Christ Seminary–Seminex and served as pastor of two congregations in western Pennsylvania before receiving the call to teach at Lenoir-Rhyne.  He holds a doctorate in choral conducting from The University of Iowa and a Master of Musical Arts in composition from Yale University.

Jeana Neal Borman is vocal coach and collaborative artist and accompanist at Lenoir-Rhyne University.  She is a magna cum laude graduate of Emory and Henry College, and holds a Master of Music from Illinois State University, where she was winner of the annual Concerto Competition and performed with the Illinois State University Symphony.

The tour schedule includes:

  • First United Methodist Church, Lenoir, NC, February 24, 3:30 pm
  • Goodson Chapel, Duke University, Durham, NC, February 28, 11:25 am
  • St. James Lutheran Church, Fayetteville, NC, February 28, 7:00 pm
  • St. Andrew Lutheran Church, New Bern, NC, March 1, 7:00 pm
  • Christ the King Lutheran Church, Cary, NC, March 2, 7:00 pm
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Chapel Hill, NC, March 3, 9:45 and 11:00 am
  • Ramseur Wesleyan Church, Ramseur, NC, March 3, 4:00 pm
  • Viewmont Baptist Church, Hickory, NC, March 4, 7:30 pm

The choir will also sing at several high schools on Monday, March 4, before returning to Hickory for its home concert.

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