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Tulsa Oratorio Chorus to Perform Vaughan Williams "Hodie"
By Tourism Industry Partner
Tulsa Oratorio Chorus is pleased to announce the second concert of the 2010/2011 season.
Tulsa Oratorio Chorus will perform Sunday, December 5 at 2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in downtown Tulsa. The Chorus will offer Ralph Vaughan Williams’ (1872 – 1958) “Hodie” (This Day). Vaughan William’s masterpiece “Hodie” brings an amazing flourish of stylistic diversity to the Christmas story, contrasting worlds of musical style within an anthology of poems ranging from 17th to 20th centuries. The poetry furnishes reflection upon an emotional response to the events of the Nativity as recounted in the Biblical book of Luke. Also on the program is Vaughan Williams’ lush “Serenade to Music”, featuring the newly formed Chamber Chorus of the TOC. “Serenade to Music” is a tribute to music based upon a text from Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”.
Joining the chorus, musical forces include the TOC Chamber Choir, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, members of Tulsa Children’s Chorus and Tulsa Boy Singers as well as soloists Lynn Eustis, Randal Rushing, and Jeffrey Snider.
Soprano Lynn Eustis is a member of the University of North Texas faculty. Dr. Eustis appears regularly as a soloist with professional organizations internationally and across the United States. American Tenor Randal Rushing is a gifted soloist of the concert and opera stage, performing in New York, Chicago, Washington D.C, Germany, and Prague. Baritone Jeffrey Snider is familiar to concert and opera audiences having performed with Dallas Symphony Orchestra, El Paso Opera, Lindsborg Messiah Festival, Fort Worth Opera, Dallas Opera, and last year with Tulsa Oratorio Chorus.
Tickets for the concert are $20 and may be purchased by phone at 918-728-8600 or through the TOC website at www.toconline.org.
Tim Sharp is Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association and appears regularly as guest conductor both domestically and internationally. His conducting publications are used in schools and universities, and his own choral series is published through Gentry Publications. Before coming to Oklahoma, Dr. Sharp was Dean of Fine Arts at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, where he conducted the Rhodes Master Singers Choral and Rhodes Singers.
Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, established in 1992, is an organization comprised of talented, volunteer musicians who join by audition. TOC has worked in collaboration with other area arts organizations including Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Opera, and Tulsa Ballet including performances of Carmina Burana last spring with all these organizations. In addition, TOC has had the honor of performing in numerous places outside the Tulsa region, including New York City (Carnegie Hall); Mexico City, Mexico; Vienna, Austria; Auckland, New Zealand; and Sydney, Australia.
For questions please contact Sara Arnold