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Oratorio marks end of season for Wichita State School of Music

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Wichita State University’s Concert Chorale, A Cappella Choir and Symphony Orchestra will present their Oratorio Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 5, in Miller Concert Hall. This event will be the final concert of the season for WSU’s School of Music.

Franz Schubert’s Mass in A Flat is a reminder of the storied history of settings by the great composers of classical music. Schubert composed six different settings of the familiar Latin text during his lifetime.

The Mass in A Flat is a balance of storytelling with performer virtuosity. Robert Ray’s “Gospel Mass,” a gospel-style setting of English translations of the traditional Roman Catholic mass texts, is a contemporary setting that uses traditional African-American church influences along with strong jazz undertones.

Albert Jordan, a founding member of the all-male group Cantus, will perform the tenor role for the Oratorio Concert. Trisha Garnes, a WSU alumna and member of several regional ensembles, including ARISE, will perform the soprano solos. Associate Professor Pina Mozzani will be the alto soloist and Andrew Simpson, recently featured by the Wichita Grand Opera, will be the bass soloist.

The orchestra will be directed by Associate Professor Mark Laycock, and the choir led by Professor Tom Wine and Assistant Professor Michael Hanawalt. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for military, senior citizens, faculty and staff and $6 for students. WSU students receive one free ticket with their student ID.

For ticket information, call the WSU College of Fine Arts Box Office at 316-978-3233. Tickets can be purchased online at wichita.edu/fineartsboxoffice.

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Created on Tuesday, April 29, 2014; Last modified on Wednesday, September 03, 2014