Free concerts this month at the University of St. Thomas

The University of St. Thomas Music Departments welcomes the public to the following free concerts this month:

  • 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in Brady Educational Center auditorium on St. Thomas’ St. Paul campus: Theodora Prill gives a student voice recital.
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, in Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis: A fall concert will be given by the St. Thomas Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. Angela Broeker; the St. Thomas Symphonic Band, conducted by Dr. Douglas Orzolek; and the St. Thomas Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, conducted by Dr. Matthew George.

    The program opens with the world premiere of “Mata Hari,” by British composer Nigel Clarke, commissioned by the St. Thomas Symphonic Wind Ensemble. The concert proceeds with a variety of compositions in a variety of styles, but with a decidedly American spirit: Russell Alexander’s 1901 “Colossus of Columbia March”; Copland’s “The Promise of Living” from The Tender Land; madrigals and chansons, American folksongs, spirituals and gospel tunes; and William Schuman’s Be Glad Then, America. The finale set by the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers includes Schutz’s Psalm 100, Rachmaninoff’s Ave Maria and Handel’s “Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates” from The Messiah.

For further information about these and other concerts hosted by the UST Music Department, call (651) 962-5850.