ISU news release
POCATELLO â€“ Idaho State University Choirs Holiday Concert â€śSongs of the Seasonâ€ť will be presented Dec. 4 in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church in Pocatello at 7:30 p.m.
ISU Director of Choral Activities Scott Anderson will conduct the 20-voice ISU Chamber Choir and Professor Kathleen Lane will lead the ISU Womenâ€™s Choir.
“The wonderful atmosphere of the First Presbyterian Church provides a perfect venue to present a wide variety of choral music celebrating the traditions associated with the Christmas season,â€ť Anderson said. â€śAudiences will hear representative choral works from the 1500s to the present day; ancient to modern expressions of uplifting texts and unique carol settings.â€ť
The ISU Women’s Choir will open the concert with a newly published 14th-century processional chant, â€śO Virgo Splendens.â€ť This evocative chant will be followed by the â€śWinterâ€ť portion of the Ralph Vaughan Williams cantata, â€śFolks Songs of the Four Seasons.â€ť These modern settings celebrate some of the oldest holiday tunes and celebrations in English history, including a joyful â€śWassail Song,â€ť and a hymn of blessing, â€śGod Bless the Master of this House.â€ťÂ Robert Wilson will be featured as violin soloist on â€śUsh’mor tseiteinu,â€ť a Hebrew Sabbath song. Carol Hotrum returns as piano accompanist for the Vaughan Williams and the Hebrew hymn.
The ISU Chamber Choir will perform the King’s Singers arrangement â€śGaudete,â€ť featuring the solo voices of Jason Dyer, Lakota Terrace, Trey Croft and Brett Friedman. The men of the Chamber Choir will sing the plainchant â€śAlma Redemptoris Mater,â€ť upon which the Palestrina’s motet of the same name is based. Â The choir will present Johann Sebastian Bach’s chorus â€śEhre sei Gottâ€ť followed by the haunting setting of William Blake’s â€śThe Lambâ€ť by English composer John Tavener.Â Pianist Natalia Lauk will be featured in the choir’s performance of â€śWhat Sweeter Musicâ€ť by John Rutter.Â The singers will present the joyous â€śNoel Ayisyenâ€ť by Emile Desamours in Haitian Creole, and will end their performance with a rousing setting of â€śWe Wish You a Merry Christmas.â€ť
Admission to the 7:30 p.m. performance is a suggested donation of $5 at the door; however, any amount will be accepted. The church is located at 202 S. Seventh Ave., Pocatello