Choirs Plan Spring Concerts

Two Nebraska Wesleyan University choral ensembles will perform free concerts to conclude the academic year.

The Chamber Singers will perform a concert on Friday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. in O’Donnell Auditorium. The program will include two madrigals by English composer Thomas Morley, a set of chamber pieces with compositions by Eric Whitacre, Robert Young, and NWU alum Steven Bouma; the jazz ballad “Georgia On My Mind,” and a staged set of Disney music.

The 16-member ensemble annually presents the Elizabethan Feast held each December.

On Sunday, May 5, the University Choir will share their musical talents with a free evening concert that will include “The Worlds Above,” which was written for the University Choir by Iowa composer Ben Allaway. The program will also include two plantation songs, “Swing A Lady Gum Pum” and “O Mary, Don’t You Weep,” and Motet No. 6 “Lobet den Herrn” by J.S. Bach. The piece will be accompanied by NWU adjunct music professor Tamara Wyman on harpsichord and retired music professor Jean Henderson on viola da gamba.

"Based on the text of Psalm 117 with an added 'Alleluja,' this work is described as inspiring and contagious," said William Wyman, the choir's director.

The University Choir will collaborate with the Malcolm High School choir for this performance. Both choirs will combine for a performance of “Let Everything That Hath Breath” by Jeffrey Ames. The Malcolm High School Choir is under the direction of Michael Beach.

The University Choir concert begins at 7:30 p.m. 

The Chamber Singers and University Choir are both under the direction of William Wyman.

O’Donnell Auditorium is located at 50th Street and Huntington Ave.

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