WCU School of Music to present fall choral concert Oct. 25

Western Carolina University’s School of Music will present a fall choral concert with the theme “Songs of the American Wild” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Allison Thorp

Allison Thorp

The event is free and open to the public. The performance by the University Chorus, WCU Concert Choir and Inspirational Gospel Choir will be held in the recital hall of the Coulter Building.

Allison Thorp, the new director of choral activities at WCU, joined the university faculty this fall semester and will conduct the vocal ensembles.

“The concert will feature choral works inspired by the great outdoors and composed of notable American masters such as Barber, Chorbajian, Clausen, Dello Joio, Lauridsen, Menken and Whitacre,” Thorp said. The program includes separate performances by the three choral groups as well as two compositions that combine the voices of all three.

The University Chorus is an all-student ensemble, including music majors and others, who perform a wide variety of musical styles including folk, show tunes, popular music and spirituals. The Concert Choir is an auditioned ensemble with a repertoire that ranges from Renaissance to contemporary and performs with instruments and a cappella, while the Inspirational Gospel Choir performs gospel and church music while promoting African-American culture through song.

For more information, contact the WCU School of Music at 828-227-7242.