Choral department breaks it up; Indian music comes to UH

Moores Music Notes

Jason Caesar Consolacion

Spring Break will be here the day after tomorrow, but don't expect the Moores School of Music to let you go without a few items of entertainment before the week-long hiatus.

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Moores Opera House, the choral department will present, for the first time, a concert featuring separate men's and women's choruses.

The two choirs are made up of male and female singers from MSM's Concert Chorale and University Chorus, and they are under the direction of Charles Hausmann and Betsy Cook Weber, with assistance from Eduardo Garcia Novelli.

"We've had the Women's Chorus in our program, but this is the first time we will feature a separate men's chorus," Hausmann said. "As a university, we've always wanted to explore the vast repertoire of men's choral music, but we've never had enough voices to form a separate chorus.

"Now we have enough male singers to form the Men's Chorus and we intend on covering all repertoires, including glee club, spirituals, ethnic and classical."

The new MSM Men's Chorus will be performing pieces from all four genres tonight. In addition, a barbershop quartet will be performing a piece composed by UH's own Dr. Robert Nelson called "Soldier Son." The quartet features Joseph Gaines (first tenor), Michael Kapinus (second tenor), Matthew Fowler (baritone) and Scott Allen (bass). All four singers are members of the MSM Concert Chorale.

The Women's Chorus will be performing a piece by Zoltan Kodaly and works by Michael Hennigan based on texts by Emily Dickenson.

Admission is $5 ($3 for students), and tickets are available at the door on the evening of the performance.

Music from the East

At 8 p.m. Saturday, the Moores School of Music will join the Indo-American Association to present a concert featuring Ali Akbar Khan and Zakir Hussain, two of the world's greatest performers of Indian music.

Khan's musical family dates all the way back to the 16th century. His brilliance has been recognized by his native India, where he is considered a national living treasure. He has been honored by royalty and is revered by jazz, classical and pop musicians worldwide.

His numerous honors and awards include the President of India Award, a MacArthur Foundation Genius Award and five Grammy Award nominations, including one this year. In 1997, he was honored in a White House ceremony with NEA's 1997 National Heritage Fellowship and was also invited to perform at the United Nations and the Kennedy Center.

Zakir Hussain is regarded as an international phenomenon in the music world. His album, Making Music, has been regarded as "one of the most inspired East-West fusion albums ever recorded."

In addition to winning a Grammy for 1992's Planet Drum, Hussain worked with Mickey Hart, Giovanni Hidalgo and Philip Glass to compose a major drum production for the opening ceremony of the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.

The concert will be held in the Moores Opera House, and tickets are $20, $30 and $50. For more information, call (281) 648-0422.

Upcoming Events

Jacob Langfelder, baritone - 6 p.m. today in Dudley Recital Hall. Langfelder will be presenting his junior recital.

James McLeland, violin - 8 p.m. today in Dudley Recital Hall. McLeland will be presenting his doctoral recital.

Elizaveta Filippova, harp - 2:30 p.m. Friday in Dudley Recital Hall. Filippova will be presenting her junior recital.

Maria Garcia, soprano - 2:30 p.m. Friday in Dudley Recital Hall. Garcia will be presenting her junior recital.

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