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Troy University Concert Chorale to perform Sunday at FUMC

The Troy University Concert Chorale will present its fall concert, “Breathing Peace,” at 3 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church in downtown Troy. The concert is free and everyone is invited.

The Concert Chorale is Troy’s auditioned 36-voice choir and their performance will feature faculty soloists Dr. Adam Blackstock, percussion; Dr. Jillian Camwell, oboe; Dr. Dave Camwell, saxophone; and Dr. John Jinright, piano.

Dr. Diane Orlofsky, conductor of the Concert Chorale, said “Breathing Peace” is a rewarding way to bring Homecoming Weekend to a close.

“It is our intent to offer these choral selections of peace, grace, joy and hope to the audience as gifts from the students’ hearts to theirs,” said Orlofsky.

The selections will include three movements from “For A Breath of Ecstasy” by John Michael Trotta, a wordless setting by John Rommereim titled “Amara (Breath of Grace),” “Three Themes of Life and Love” by Daniel Elder, David Dickau’s exuberant “Song of Joys” and Paul Mealor’s meaningful setting of the famous text known as the “Peace Prayer,” Orlofsky said.

Troy University Concert Chorale will also perform “Requiescat,” a piece featuring a double chorus, written by Eric William Barnum.

“Regular audience members will recognize Dr. Barnum’s name as the Chorale traveled to Carnegie Hall last May to premiere and perform his compositions, under his direction,” Orlofsky said.

Each Concert Chorale is unique but “Breathing Peace” seems to be extra special due to the care and intention each singer is putting into the performance, Orlofsky said.

“The Carnegie Hall experience really galvanized the group as a unified counity of young artists and our new freshmen members quickly became a part of the collective whole, Orlofsky said. “Everyone is united by a desire to sing every note with skill and meaning. I am proud of this ensemble and hope the Troy community will come spend the hour with us and support their hard work. You will be glad you did.”