'Songs of Faith' with Angelus and the University Chorale
Augustana Performing and Visual Arts presents the annual Spring Concert of Angelus and the University Chorale at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at the Chapel of Reconciliation on the Augustana campus.
The concert is entitled "Songs of Faith." Angelus begins the program with Muusika - composed by Part Uusberg and based on an Estonian poem by Juhan Liiv. In part, "Somewhere the original harmony must exist, hidden somewhere in the vast wilds." The program continues with songs of music and that based upon men and women of the Bible. Selections include:
- Song of Miriam - Elaine Hagenberg
- Song of Ruth - David Childs
- Rise Up My Love, My Fair One (Song of Solomon) - Imant Raminsh
- Canticle of Mary (Magnificat - Song of Mary) - Jeffrey L. Ames/Scott Leaman
- I'm Gonna Sing Til The Spirit Moves In My Heart - Moses Hogan, ed. Peter Eklund
From the cathedrals of 16th-century England to the fastidiously-cared for compound of the Shakers in Mt. Lebanon, NY and the modern-day Lutheran sanctuary, the University Chorale brings a celebration of faith through the ages. Their selections include:
- Give almes of thy goods, Christopher Tye
- Lord, for Thy tender mercy's sake, Richard Farrant
- from Shaker Songs, Kevin Siegfried
"Peace Unto Zion" "Love is Little" "Lay Me Low"
- O Light Everlasting, Olaf Christiansen
- Softly and Tenderly, arr. Rene Clausen
- I Will Praise Thee, O Lord, Knut Nystedt
The thirty-two singers in Angelus are directed by Dr. Lisa Grevlos while the thirty-one members of the University Chorale are directed by Dr. Russell Svenningsen.
About the conductors:
Dr. Lisa Grevlos is professor of music and director of vocal studies at Augustana University where she also serves as Department Chair. She directs the Augustana Opera Workshop Theatre program, conducts the Augustana Women’s Choir — Angelus, and teaches in the areas of applied voice, vocal pedagogy, singer’s diction, and choral music education. She received the Doctorate of Arts degree in voice performance and opera stage directing from the University of Northern Colorado. She holds master of music degrees from Northwestern University, Evanston, in voice performance and choral conducting, and she completed her undergraduate degree in music education at Augustana University.
Dr. Russell Svenningsen is Associate Professor of Music at Augustana University, where he conducts the University Chorale, teaches music theory, and has a studio of voice students. Dr. Svenningsen holds an M.M., Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and a B.M., Music Education, from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn. His D.M.A., Music Education, was awarded from Boston University where he studied with Dr. Roger Mantie.