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HPU Concert Choir to present spring concert on Thursday

BROWNWOOD – April 24, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir will present a spring concert titled “The Muse of Music: Voice of the Poet,” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, in Grace Chapel on the HPU campus.

Various pieces, inspired by the writings of select literary figures such as William Shakespeare and Dylan Thomas, will include “O Mistress of Mine,” “When Daffodils Begin to Peer” and “It was a Love and His Lass,” all by Matthew Harris; “Fern Hill,” by John Corigliano; and “Ballade to the Moon,” by Daniel Elder.

The concert will also premiere an original composition by Joseph Dunlap, instructor of music, titled “Poems of E.A. Poe.”

“Literary text is something that we are always striving to embody and communicate as choral musicians,” said Dr. Chris Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities. “This semester, we chose to honor just a few who have contributed greatly to the poetic sphere. We also look forward to the premiere of Joseph Dunlap’s composition.”

There is no charge for the concert and it is open to the public.

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University ( HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at