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‘Music at St. Augustine’ begins 10th season Nov. 15
the Inland Register
(From the Nov. 12, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)
Eastern Washington University’s Chamber Choir will perform a program titled “English Autumn,” the initial offering in the 10th season of “Music at St. Augustine,” on Sunday, Nov. 15.(IR photo courtesy of St. Augustine Parish, Spokane)
The 10th anniversary season of Music at St. Augustine concerts continues Nov. 15 with Dr. Randel Wagner directing the Eastern Washington University Chamber Choir in a program called “English Autumn,” a selection of choral gems from or influenced by the golden age of English cathedral music.
Anchored by three iconic pieces – Hubert Parry’s “I Was Glad,” Charles Stanford’s Beati quorum via, and Edgar Bainton’s “And I Saw a New Heaven” – Dr. Wagner’s selections include music by emerging composers of our time influenced by the late Victorian greats: American composer/conductors Kinley Lange (Esto les digo) and Kevin Menly (Ave Maria), and Manhattan-based Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo (Tota pulchra est).
Also on the program: arrangements of Stephen Foster’s “Hard Times Come Again no More,” the Shaker hymn, “Not One Sparrow Is Forgotten,” and the spiritual, “We Shall Walk through the Valley in Peace.”
“English Autumn” takes place Sunday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. St. Augustine Church, on the corner of 19th and Bernard in Spokane. The concert is free; donations to help defray expenses are welcome.
The EWU Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. Wagner, has performed throughout Italy, and has been a featured ensemble at the Northwest Bach Festival, American Choral Masterpieces Festival and All-Northwest Convention of Music Educators National Conference (MENC).