Concert coming to university

Published 9:37 pm Monday, March 23, 2009

Any time there are 140 voices singing, it’s worth coming to hear.

That’s why there should be a packed audience for the Troy University Choral Department’s presentation of “The Music of Randall Thompson” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at the Claudia Crosby Theater on the university campus.

Dr. Diane Orlofsky, Troy University professor of music and Concert Chorale director, said the concert will offer something for everyone no matter one’s preference in music.

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“Randall Thompson’s music was masterfully set text, whether it was Scriptural references or Robert Frost poetry,” she said. “It will be really lovely music that everyone will enjoy.”

The singers will include members of the Troy University Concert Chorale, Collegiate Singers, the Iota Nu Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfona and the choral alumni family.

“This concert features the music of Randall Thompson in honor of the 25th anniversary of his death (1899-1984),” Orlofsky said. “He was one of the greatest American choral composers. The music for this concert will include selections from ‘The Peaceable Kingdom,’ ‘The Testament of Freedom,’ and ‘Frostiana.’”

The Concert Chorale and the Collegiate Singers will perform under the direction of Orlofsky and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia will be directed by Scott Sexton.

“The Last Words of David” and “Alleluia” will be guest conducted by Dr. Larry Blocher, director of the Long School of Music, and Dr. William Denison, director emeritus of the Troy University Collegiate Singers.

Soloists for the concert are Clay Paramore, Bryant Stokes, Jessica Szerszynski and Laura Aaron.

Accompanists will be Lyra Crapps, Haley Jackson, Laura Aaron, Scott Sexton and Laura Waters and Chris Petre, flute, and Dr. Tim Phillips, clarinet.

An all-Thompson concert has long been Orlofsky’s desire.

“I have wanted to do this concert since my first opportunity to perform Randall Thompson’s music in high school,” she said. “His music is accessible and quite lovely. And, I’m delighted that we have invited former members of the choral department to join us in performing the last two numbers. It’s always fun to see former students and to participate in corporate music-making with them is a real treat.”

Immediately following the concert, a reception will be held in honor of the Troy University choral alumni.

“‘The Music of Randall Thompson’ concert is free and everyone is invited to come and enjoy the musical settings of this outstanding American choral composer,” Orlofsky said.