Thursday, March 17, 2011

SBU Chorale to Perform at First Baptist Church

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Sharina Smith, Office of Marketing & Communications
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BOLIVAR, Mo. – The Chorale of Southwest Baptist University will present The Peaceable Kingdom by Randall Thompson on Tuesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Bolivar, Mo.  The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge for the concert.

The Peaceable Kingdom, established as a masterpiece of unaccompanied choral writing, was commissioned in 1936 and was inspired by a painting of the same name by the naturalist Edward Hicks, the preaching Quaker of Pennsylvania. The painting depicts Isaiah, Chapter XI, verses 6 to 9, one of Hicks' favorite subjects in preaching and painting, which begins: "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the wolf and the young lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them."

In Thompson's work, the selected verses are declaimed by the chorus and their meaning sets the stage for a variety of choral techniques: opposing choruses expressing the contrast between blessings bestowed on the righteous and woes inflicted upon the wicked; discordant harmonies depicting harsh punishments; soprano and bass lines mirroring each and double choruses whose fullness of parts embody overwhelming joy and gladness of heart.

The Chorale is a selectively auditioned mixed choir of 37 voices under the direction of Dr. James Tarrant, director of choral studies and professor of music at SBU.


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