Cumberland University


Spring choral concert to offer diverse musical delights



Cumberland University’s renowned student choirs will offer attendees a night of musical contrasts in their free, public Spring Choral Concert at 7 p.m. on April 5 in the university’s Baird Chapel.

Reservations are highly recommended for the hour-long concert, which will showcase the talents of the Cumberland Chorale and University Singers in a night of highly diverse, challenging musical selections. Presented by Cumberland’s Music department, the event will honor Cumberland’s graduating Music students.

Featuring sweeping rhythmic pieces and tender, a cappella performances, the concert’s program will be defined by its contrasts, according to Dr. Brian Kilian, Professor of Music.

“The word is ‘eclectic,’” said Kilian. “Each of the selections is unique, and the choirs will be presenting very different programs. There will be something for everyone.”

The Cumberland Chorale will lead the concert with a performance of “Gloria,” a complex work for choir, brass, organ, and percussion by British composer John Rutter. Accompanied by a host of student and professional musicians, the Chorale will regale the audience with the famous work’s large sound and complex rhythms.

“‘Gloria’ is an extremely rhythmical, challenging work,” said Kilian. “It’s one that we’ve struggled and sweated over for many months, and finally it’s here.”

The University Singers will present a large, varied program of a cappella selections, including four choruses by Romeo Cascarino, each set to the poems of E. E. Cummings. Other pieces will include Sandstrom’s “Sanctus” and Wayne Toews’s “Dancing Sky,” a piece depicting the northern lights and dedicated to Kilian himself.

“They’re gorgeous works, and they show off what our University Singers can achieve chorally,” said Kilian. “The full quality of their performance is exposed without any accompaniment.”

The Singers will close the night with an emotional performance of “Danny Boy” that Kilian believes will tug at audience members’ heartstrings.

Music at its best allows the listener a glimpse into the soul of a composer, according to Kilian. The professor hopes to create a connection just as profound with attendees from across the Wilson County and Middle Tennessee communities in Cumberland’s historic Baird Chapel.

“Community attendance is critical to us because it allows us as a university to serve as a focal point of culture,” said Kilian. “Everyone can participate in this chance to experience musical art on a very deep level.”

The Spring Choral Concert will take place at 7 p.m. on April 5 in Baird Chapel, located in Memorial Hall on the campus of Cumberland University. Admission is free, but reservations are highly recommended. To make reservations, call (615) 547-1364.