Music of the Spheres

The Shepherd University Chamber Singers, Women's Camerata and Men's Choir, under the direction of Dr. Erik Reid Jones, will present Music of the Spheres on Sunday, April 5 at 7:00 PM in the Frank Arts Center Theater of Shepherd University, showcasing some of the best a cappella music written over the last 100 years.

Eric Whitacre has been hailed by NPR as the modern master of choral music, and two works of his will be the centerpiece of this concert. First, the Chamber Singers will perform Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine. Besides having one of the all-time great titles in choral music, Leonardo is incredibly evocative of the ideas of flight, dream, and mystery. This astonishing work, which lasts about nine minutes, will take the listener's breath away. The other Whitacre piece that we will be featuring is She Weeps Over Rahoon, with the Women's Camerata and Greg Shook on English Horn. Whitacre's first CD of a cappella choral music was one of the best-selling of the decade.

Dr. Erik Reid Jones, Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Shepherd University, titled the concert Music of the Spheres because of the predominance of uplifting, transporting music in this concert, the kind of music that makes listeners forget where they are and get lost in the unique sounds. Attending this concert, audiences will hear other unforgettable pieces such as Vincent Persichetti's Spring Cantata, Gyorgy Orban's Cor Mundum, Jaakko Mantyjarvi's Shakespeare Songs, Gustav Holst's I Love My Love, and other remarkable music performed by the Men's Choir, Chamber Singers, and Women's Camerata. We believe you will especially love the finale, when all three choirs come together to sing Moses Hogan's best-known spiritual, Elijah Rock.

Admission and seating for Music of the Spheres is on a first come-first serve basis and advance sales or reservations are not available. The box office will open one hour prior to each performance. General admission is $10, $5 for students 18 and under, and free to Shepherd students with Rambler ID and Friends of Music MAC Cardholders. For more information call 304-876-5555 or visit www.shepherd.edu/musicweb.