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April 2, 2008

Birmingham-Southern College Concert Choir to present Homecoming Concert

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Concert Choir of Birmingham-Southern College, under the direction of Lester Seigel, the Joseph Hugh Thomas Professor of Music at BSC, will present its annual Homecoming Concert April 13 at Canterbury United Methodist Church, 350 Overbrook Road in Mountain Brook, at 5 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend, and admission is free.

The themed program “If Music Be The Food of Love” features a performance of “The Sun is Setting,” three Moravian song settings for women's voices and solo violin by Czech composer Jan Vičar. Composed in 2006, partly during the composer's BSC residency, the choir will give the English-language premiere of these works featuring Daniel Szasz, concertmaster of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, as the soloist.

Other works include three Italian madrigals by contemporary American composer Morten Lauridsen and two by the 17th-century master Claudio Monteverdi. Sacred works on the concert include “Haydn's Te Deum” for the Empress Maria Theresa and shorter works by Pierre Villette and Thomas Morely.

The undergraduate choir tours annually and recently completed a tour in Alabama and Tennessee, as well as an appearance on the concert season of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance.

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