International Choir offers Spring concert

PLAINVIEW – The Wayland Baptist University International Choir will hold its Spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Plainview.

Dr. Scott Herrington, director of choral studies at Wayland, chose to hold the concert at the church to better accommodate one of the pieces the choir will perform. The feature presentation will be John Rutter’s Requiem, accompanied by a chamber ensemble. Herrington said it is a composition best suited for a church.

“This being the Easter season, this piece seems particularly appropriate because it is a musical commentary on the subject of mortality, being life, death and resurrection,” Herrington said. “It is a religious work and we wanted to do it there. Plus it is just a beautiful building and beautiful sanctuary. The style and architecture of it really lends itself to what we are doing.”

The 40-member International Choir is Wayland’s premier choral ensemble. Members are selected by audition and represent academic disciplines from across the campus.

Along with Requiem, the concert will consist of music from the choir’s recently completed tour, including pieces from such composers as Vaughan Williams, Palestrina, Brahms, Dello Joio and several others.

The choir will be accompanied by Jennie Lynn Hodges, associate professor of music at Wayland.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.