West Virginia Wesleyan College presents Space & Time, a concert to be held on November 16 at 3 p.m. in Wesley Chapel. The concert will focus on different interpretations of space and time featuring Wesleyan Singers, Concert Chorale and Concentus Vocum under the direction of Dr. R. Daniel Hughes, director of choral activities.
Several of the pieces, including Pearsall’s Lay a Garland, Erb’s Shenandoah, and two
different compositions by Michael Praetorius, represent works written to showcase incredible performance spaces like Wesleyan’s Wesley Chapel. In these works, the composers create soundscapes through their means to employing vocal forces, often dividing utilizing separate choral forces. Gabriel Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine, Johannes Brahms’ Lass dich nur nichts nicht dauren, and Herbert Howells’ O Pray for the Piece of Jerusalem, exhibit interesting approaches to texture and form in music, melding homophony and polyphony with rigorous musical structure.
In addition, Concentus Vocum will reprise their performance of two movements from Steve Heitzig’s Leaf Songs, a work originally commissioned in 1995 for the Wesleyan Concert Chorale. This performance will feature senior Kayoko Funada of Saitama, Japan on piano and junior Holden Akers-Toler of Beckley on percussion. The concert will also consist of several numbers featuring members of the Wesleyan Brass Ensemble and additional works by composers Ralph Vaughan Williams, Allen Naplan, Robert Ray, and Moses Hogan.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Hughes at email@example.com or (304) 473-8700.