The TLU Choirs will present their virtual spring concert Not a breath divides… on Tuesday, April 27, at 7 p.m. via YouTube livestream (the livestream link will be available on this page soon and currently takes visitor's to TLU's YouTube channel).
The varied program will include the world premiere of "Not a breath divides…" a major work composed for choir and tango band by William Averitt.
The work was commissioned by the TLU Choirs in honor of Dian and Harlan Stai, with gratitude for their unwavering support of the music program at TLU. The three movement work on texts by Sara Teasdale was originally planned for performance last spring at Dian and Harlan Stai’s Mansefeldt Ranch, but the performance was cancelled because of COVID-19. Hannah Grove (violin), Cristina Castro (accordion), Kevin Borgfeld (double bass) and Deb Mayes (piano) are the instrumentalists that make up the tango band for this performance.
Dr. Liliana Guerrero will be joining the Kantorei Chamber Choir as soprano soloist in Libby Larsen’s “Jenny Lind to Harriet Beecher Stowe,” one movement from the composer’s extended work Seven Ghosts. A surprise guest soloist will be joining the TLU Treble Choir in the premiere “We Need a Faith” arranged by Douglas R. Boyer. The text was written by John Thornburg in 1995 and calls us to labor side by side to do the work of God.
Other works include spirituals arranged by Undine Smith Moore, a meditative prayer that “All will be well” by Will Todd, a bolero by Alice Gomez, and an arrangement of “I’m On My Way” based on Mahalia Jackson’s version of the 1950s.
The TLU Choirs would like to dedicate this virtual performance to Professor Shaaron Conoly, director of TLU’s Vocal Studies and TLU faculty member for 50 years. After these many years of service to TLU, Professor Conoly is retiring this semester. While music faculty and students would prefer to celebrate with Professor Conoly in person and express their gratitude, this is not possible during COVID-19. Anyone wishing to offer comments of gratitude and thanks to Professor Conoly for her work and dedication to our students and the TLU community may do so during the YouTube livestream in the comments section.