Tech Chorale in concert on campus Thursday, March 19The Tennessee Tech University Chorale will be performing at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building as the final performance of its Spring Tour of 2009.
Directed by Craig Zamer, the concert will include of a wide range of music, divided into three sections, opening with a set of sacred music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Romantic periods and with music composed by Michael McGlynn, Richard Dering, and Johannes Brahms.
The following section features the music of Z. Randall Stroope in his dramatic setting of The Conversion of Saul. From this quite dissonant work, the choir will sing a piece with poetry by Sara Teasdale entitled: There will be Rest. The piece captures the poet’s hope for the rest she hopes to find in death, beautifully set to music by Frank Ticheli. This introspective look at death is followed by a sweet and light Latin-American lullaby by Atahualpa Yupanqui; Duerme Negrito.
The final section features secular music from many different regions of the world. The section starts with a musical setting of an ancient Chinese Legend and progresses to a French song of roses, an African-American Spiritual arranged by the conductor, and a highly rhythmic vocal stereotype of the Lappish people entitled: Pseudo-Yoik. The concert will close with a performance of Walk in Jerusalem, arranged by Rollo Dilworth.
The Chorale is the premiere auditioned choir at Tennessee Technological University. The ensemble includes students majoring in music and other degree programs, which gives the choir a unique personality. The ensemble has a long tradition of choral excellence with performances regionally and internationally and with professional orchestras. The choir has blossomed into a prestigious group under the direction of Craig Zamer.
Craig Zamer is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Tennessee Technological University. Zamer received his Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Virginia. He received his Masters in Music Education and his Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education and Choral Conducting from the Florida State University. Zamer has been an invited clinician, conductor and adjudicator in Florida, Colorado, Tennessee, and Virginia.