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SBU Masterworks concert is May 3

Southwest Baptist University News Release
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SBU Masterworks concert is May 3

BOLIVAR, Mo. – The Department of Music of Southwest Baptist University will present its Masterworks Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, in Pike Auditorium. The department’s massed choirs and orchestra will present “Sunrise Mass” by Ola Gjeilo and “Toward the Unknown Region” by Ralph Vaughan Williams.  There is no admission charge.

Ola Gjeilo (pronounced Yay-lo) was born in Norway in 1978 and moved to the United States in 2001 to begin his composition studies at the Juilliard School in New York City. A full-time composer based in the U.S., Ola is also interested in film, and his music draws a lot of inspiration from movies and cinematic music.

“Toward the Unknown Region” is the poem by Walt Whitman that Ralph Vaughan Williams set to music early in his career. Working through a counterpoint of diminished harmonies, it concludes heroically with a hymn-like presence.

“Both of these works leave no listener untouched by a sense of anticipation,” said Dr. James R. Tarrant, professor of music and director of choral studies at SBU. “As with each Masterworks performance, the program requires the talents and numbers we are fortunate to have at SBU.”

In its fourth decade, the Masterworks presentation annually provides southwest Missouri audiences the opportunity to experience musical works that are best presented by the combined efforts of department, university and community. The repertoire has included the great classics, the unfamiliar pearls and modern compositions of significance.

For more information, contact the Music Office at (417) 328-1644.

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