ASU Fall Choral Festival
The ASU Choral program opens its 2021-22 season at Dayspring with fall choral festival concerts on October 20 and 21.
Most of these groups are presenting their first live concerts since December of 2019! So it’s a bit of a triumphant return. The theme this season is “Lift EVERY Voice.” The festival opens on October 20 at 7:30pm with a concert entitled “Lift Every Voice and Sing!” The Arizona Statesmen open the program with such familiar songs as Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes” along with sacred music from various traditions. The Sol Singers are performing music honoring children, and the Choral Union sings Franz Schubert’s Mass in G Major with orchestra. Teresa Murphy directs the Sol Singers; David Schildkret (Dayspring’s Director of Music Ministries) conducts the Statesmen and the Choral Union.
The second concert, “Earth and Heaven Ring,” takes place on October 21 at 7:30pm The Barrett Choir opens the program with one song from each of the seven continents (wait ’til you see how we recognize Antarctica!). Then the Concert Choir performs a set of music by under-represented composers, including a beautiful composition on “Set Me As a Seal” by Julius C. Miller III and a lively setting of Psalm 150 in Spanish by Suzette Ortiz. The Gospel Choir will conclude the concert with a rousing set of songs from the modern Gospel tradition. Nathan De’Shon Myers, who appeared at Dayspring on MLK Day in 2020, directs the Gospel Choir. David Schildkret directs the Barrett Choir, which he founded 10 years ago, and the Concert Choir.
Tickets are $12 (students of any institution at any level are free–just show your ID at the door) and must be purchased online.