NWU, Bellevue East Choirs to Perform Concert of Traditional and Ethnic Music

The Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir will be joined by the Bellevue East High School Concert Choir for an upcoming concert featuring ethnic music selections.

The concert will be held Sunday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. in O’Donnell Auditorium, located at 50th Street and Huntington Ave.

Under the direction of William A. Wyman, the Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir will perform music by composers Morten Lauridsen, Carol Barnett, Mack Wilberg, Johannes Brahms and Carlo Gesualdo. The concert will also feature two selections — “Numerations” by Lithuanian composer Jonas Tamulionis and the Latvian folk song “Who Is Crying” — to be sung during the choir’s 2011 international tour to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

The two choirs will combine to sing Eduardo Alonso-Crespo’s “Waynapaq Taki,” an Andean poem sung in Quechua, the language of the Inca empire.

The Bellevue East High School Concert Choir is directed by Marge Simons-Bester, a noted expert in ethnic music.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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