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Oakdale Evangelical Free Church to host choir

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

MERIDEN - Oakdale Evangelical Free Church in Meriden will host the A cappella Choir of Northwestern College, Orange City, on Friday, March 2, at 7 p.m. The concert is free; community members are invited.

The three-part concert begins with songs that express faith and trust in God in the face of suffering and injustice. It will include "Sicut Cervus," by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, which is a Latin translation of Psalm 42: "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God."

The first section of the concert will also include F. Melius Christiansen's "Praise to the Lord" and settings of two children's poems written in Terezin prison camp during World War II.

Section two of the concert will feature virtuosic choral works, including an arrangement of the Civil War poem "Shiloh," gypsy songs by Brahms, and animal songs by Eric Whitacre, including a thrilling "kill that snake!" song. The choir will also perform music from India, Estonia and Slovakia.

The concert will conclude with a selection of spirituals and the choir's traditional final song, "Beautiful Savior."

The 43-member A cappella Choir is directed by Dr. Thomas Holm, professor of music at Northwestern and conductor of the Sioux County Oratorio Chorus. The ensemble has performed across the U.S. and in Europe.

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