The Lawrence Academy of Music Girl Choir program explores “Elements” in its annual spring concerts Saturday, March 24. Two performances, featuring 300 singers in seven choirs representing grades 3-12, will be staged at 2 and 7 p.m. in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel.
Tickets, at $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors are available online at go.lawrence.edu/buytickets or at the Lawrence Box Office in the Music-Drama Center one hour before the show.
The 90-minute program examines multiple elements — of music, of the natural world and of life.
“In constructing this concert, I encouraged our teachers to think beyond the words,” said Karen Bruno, director of the Academy of Music and conductor of the Bel Canto choir. “They guided their singers to consider questions such as: how did the composer use music to depict a particular element? What elements of music are most impactful in this particular piece? Do elemental emotions exist? If so, how do they manifest during a musical performance?”
Selections for “Elements” include two settings of the poem “Windy Nights” by Robert Louis Stevenson, Gustav Holst’s “Homeland,” a Filipino children’s song, the traditional Scottish farewell song “The Parting Glass,” and a song built on Sami (Norwegian) yoik that was used in the Disney movie “Frozen.”
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Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.” Engaged learning, the development of multiple interests and community outreach are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.