Student choirs joining together to present ‘Celebration of Song’

WCU’s Concert Choir, shown here, will be joined by the University Chorus and the Community Chorus for “Meta Music: A Celebration of Song” on Thursday, Oct. 18.

A choral concert “of music about music” will be performed Thursday, Oct. 18, at Western Carolina University.

“Meta Music: A Celebration of Song” begins at 7:30 p.m. in the John Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

“Meta is a word more often used in the literary world, but it means a creative work that refers to itself or to the conventions of its genre,” said Allison Thorp, director of WCU choral activities. “Essentially, it is a concert of music about music.”

The concert will feature WCU’s large choirs, the Concert Choir and University Chorus, with the Community Chorus, led by Bob Holquist, joining for one performance. Anna Waters, Sarah Smith and Wyatt Gibson will accompany on oboe, violin and horn, respectively. There also will be recognition of several local choral advocates in Jackson County, including teachers and community leaders.

The Concert Choir is an auditioned group of 36 singers from a variety of majors across campus. The group’s repertoire includes a diversity of compositions spanning historical works to present, as well as multiple languages. The University Chorus is open to all students without audition and performs lighter choral works.

The University Chorus will begin with works from Zambia and Brazil, followed by staples of the American choral repertoire, Daniel Gawthrop’s “Sing Me to Heaven” and Joseph Martin’s “The Awakening.” The Concert Choir will begin with William Billings’ “Modern Musick,” followed by a setting of Amy Lowell’s poem “Listening,” by Dan Forrest. Works by Moses Hogan, Frank Ticheli and Deke Sharon will round out the set.

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