MSU choirs perform Sunday

The Minot State University Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus and vocal ensemble will present a spring concert on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall on the MSU campus. As with all of the division of music concerts, there is no charge and the public is invited.

The Concert Choir, under the direction of Kenneth Bowles, will perform J.S. Bach’s “Cantata 4, Christ Lag in Todesbanden.” This work is one of the most well-known and revered works of the Baroque composer. It features seven variations on the 15th century hymn by the same name. A chamber orchestra led by Jon Rumney will accompany the work. Featured soloists will be senior students Daniel Johnson and Alex Baker, sophomore soprano Ashley Mogard, and MSU staff participant Wes Matthews. DeVera Bowles will provide organ continuo.

The concert will also feature Robert Schumann’s “Spnaisches Liederspiel,” for four voices and piano. This performance represents a semester’s work by students Tim Olson, Alex King, Gabrielle Damschen and Rae-Mae Owens, accompanied by staff pianist Briana Schwan.

The Women’s Chorus, under the direction of Lukas Graf, will perform lighter pieces arranged for women’s voices, including “Autumn Leaves,” “Chili con Carne,” “Bumble Bee,” “Java Jive” and the tuneful “Adiemus.” They will be accompanied by Schwan.

This concert concludes the 2013-14 academic year for the choirs.