BHSU Concert Choir and Community Chorale open fall season with Bach selection

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, October 16, 2014/Categories: 2014

           The Black Hills State University Concert Choir and BHSU Community Chorale will open their 2014-2015 season with "A Baroque Choral Concert" at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2 in the Clare and Josef Meier Hall.

The Black Hills State University Concert Choir and Community Chorale open their 2014-2015 season in November with "A Baroque Choral Concert."

The concert is Sunday, Nov. 2 at 2:30 p.m. in the Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the BHSU campus. The show will feature the BHSU Concert Choir and the BHSU Community Chorale. The BHSU Concert Choir is a mixed student choir, comprised of 45 BHSU seniors. The Community Chorale includes BHSU students, BHSU faculty and community members.

Dr. Jon Nero, associate professor of music at BHSU, said the show will feature music from the baroque period, a period of musical history from 1600 to 1750. Baroque music is known for its more complex musical arrangements.

The first half of the show will feature the Community Chorale performing selections from English composer Henry Purcell Antonio Vivaldi, a Venetian violinist, teacher and composer and German composer Georg Phillip Telemann.

Nero said the two selections from Henry Purcell are "An Evening Hymn" and "Hear My Prayer."

"The first of these selections is a beautiful, simple piece," Nero said. "Then they will transition into a chromatic, really cool and dramatic piece with &lsquoHear my Prayer.&rsquo"

"Beatus Vir," which Nero says is a lively arrangement by Vivaldi, features three soloists. They are: April Galea, from Belle Fourche Kendra Iversen, music education major from Sidney, Mont. and Cody Pepitone, music education major from Spearfish.

During the second half of the concert, the BHSU Concert Choir will perform an 11-movement piece, "Jesu, meine Freude" by Johann Sebastian Bach.

A German hymnal, Nero said "Jesu, meine Freude" consists of a large amount of text and many notes.

"This is by far the biggest challenge I&rsquove given to the choir," Nero said. "It&rsquos an extended work, a half an hour long, all in German and very complex."

The challenge, however, didn&rsquot discourage the students. Nero credits his choir for their dedicated work outside of scheduled rehearsal time to perfect the piece.

Kirk Hauck, psychology and music major from Spearfish, said although he&rsquos had to increase his practice time, the extra effort has been rewarding.

"It&rsquos helped me become a better listener," Hauck said. "You really have to listen to three things at once &ndash yourself, your section and the other sections. It requires a lot of focus, it&rsquos a necessity if you hope to stay in tempo and in tune."

"We just dove right in with really challenging music," Nero said. "We hit the ground running. It&rsquos going to be a great season."

Upcoming BHSU concerts include:

&middot         Dakota Chamber Orchestra, Nov. 9 at 2:30 p.m.

&middot         Jazz Ensemble, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

&middot         Raquel Sweat Senior Recital, Nov. 16 at 2:30 p.m.

&middot         BHSU Band and Choir Holiday Concert, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 23 at 2:30 p.m.

&middot         Northern Hills Honor Band Festival, Nov. 25 at 6:30 p.m.

&middot         BHSU Madrigal Dinner, Dec. 4-6 at 6:30 p.m.

&middot         BHSU Madrigal Dinner, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m., Yesterday&rsquos Ballroom at the Historic Alex Johnson Hotel in Rapid City

All shows will be held in the Clare and Josef Meier Hall unless otherwise noted.

Tickets for the Madrigal Dinner are on sale. The Madrigal Dinner is an annual fundraiser for the BHSU Music Department. The dinner features a performance by a small ensemble dressed in Renaissance garb. Tickets and more information are available online at

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