BROWNWOOD – April 21, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir and University Singers will join with Brownwood High School’s A Cappella Choir to present a combined spring concert titled “In Paradisum” on Tuesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place at First Baptist Church in Brownwood and is free to the public.
The HPU choirs are under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music. The BHS A Cappella Choir is under the direction of Cindy Franklin, BHS choir director and BISD Choral & Elementary Program director.
The concert is based on “The Eternal” featuring Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem” and several timeless hymns from the sacred harp tradition. Personnel performers for the concert are organist Dean Kiesling, music teacher at Northwest Elementary and organist at First United Methodist Church; pianist Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of the Department of Music and tenured professor of music; pianist HPU sophomore Abraham Cooper; soprano soloist Dr. Celeste Church, dean of institutional research and effectiveness and associate professor of music; and baritone soloist Dr. Iwao Asakura, assistant professor of music at Tarleton State University.
“While we celebrate the liturgical season of Easter, this concert comes just in time to commemorate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus,” said Dr. Rosborough. “This collaborative event allows the community to come together and present something truly special. It is my hope that this spurs even more musical interest in the community in years to come.”
For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.