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University and Chamber singers perform Nov. 3 at Appalachian

BOONE—A Nov. 3 performance by the University and Chamber Singers at Appalachian State University may sound like a musical United Nations presentation.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall.

The groups will be singing compositions in Romanian, German, French, English and Latin.

The international flair wasn’t intentional, says director Stephen M. Hopkins. He wanted to create a program that would be rhythmically interesting, particularly as it is being performed on tour at five Raleigh area high schools.

The program also includes works that will be performed without musical accompaniment.

Included on the program is “Four Gypsy Songs” by Brahms. “Brahms started his career as a choir director,” Hopkins said. “He really did know voices more than Bach and Beethoven and was really good at making the mood of the music fit the text.”

The Romanian piece is Alexandru Pascanu’s “Suita Scurta,” which means “Short Suite.”

Hopkins said the piece has spoken sections as well as those that are sung. “It’s a very entertaining piece. It has a lot of nonsense syllables and is very jazzy.”

Also on the program are Hassler’s “Cantata Domino,” Nystedt’s “Cry Out and Shout,” Berger’s “Harvester’s Song” and Grantham’s “This is My Letter to the World.”