The Augustana Choir, Dr. Ardelle Ries, director, and Dr. Roger Admiral, piano, warmly invite you to Scenes from Childhood—a choral concert in celebration of children and childhood—on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the Faith and Life Chapel at Augustana.
The Augustana Choir is pleased to share the stage with one of Alberta’s finest children’s choirs, The Cantilon Children’s Choir and Elaine Myhre, director. In a joyful collaboration the choirs will playfully explore the theme of children and childhood through choral repertoire based on poetry and literature written about, for, or by children with texts drawn from Alice in Wonderland, traditional children’s nursery rhymes, singing games and dances. Featured composers include Britten, Fine, Ives, Mozart, Persichetti, Rutter, and Whitacre.
Renowned Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, music educator, linguist, and philosopher, Zoltán Kodály stated: “Let us take our children seriously! Everything else follows from this. Only the best is good enough for children.” Alongside the celebration of the wonders and inspiration of children and childhood, The Augustana Choir will also celebrate the release of their live compilation CD from the 2012 choral music education study and performance tour to Hungary. The live concert recordings from the 2012 Hungarian tour document the special acoustics in which The Augustana Choir performed, from the smallest church in rural Hungary to the largest basilica in Budapest. The Hungarian title of the CD “…idegen orszagban” (in a foreign land) is derived from an ancient poem that Béla Bartók set to music for mixed chorus and piano. The Augustana Choir performed and recorded this title track at the Cantemus Choral Institute in Niyregyhaza, Hungary.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $14 for students and seniors and $45 for a family. Tickets are only available at the door. For further information, call the Augustana Music Office, ph 780-679-1532.