ETBU Concert Choir to Present Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna at FUMC of Longview on Nov. 9th
MARSHALL, Texas (10/31/13) - The East Texas Baptist University Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Justin Hodges, will present Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna on Saturday, November 9th prior to their upcoming New York tour and performance at Carnegie Hall of the same work. The concert will take place at 7:30 pm at First United Methodist Church of Longview. Admission is free.
ETBU choir and theatre students will tour New York the following week and will visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, see several Broadway shows, and tour the 9/11 memorial. The choir will join several other choirs from around the United States to present the concert at Carnegie Hall on Nov. 17.
The Concert Choir is accompanied by Mr. Robert Wright.
For more information call the ETBU School of Fine Arts at 903-923-2158.
Marshall News Messenger:ETBU Choir To Preview New York Trip Music
By Austin King
MARSHALL NEWS MESSENGER: (11/02/13) - Next weekend East Texas Baptist University’s concert choir will give a performance of Morten Lauriden’s "Lux Aeterna” in Longview as a preview of the choir’s upcoming performance at Carnegie Hall in New York.
The concert will take place Saturday, Nov. 9 at First United Methodist Church in Longview. Admission is free and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
"We started working on this since the beginning of the semester,” said Justin Hodges, ETBU choir director. "The work in its entirety is about 35 minutes. It’s difficult.
"It’s a monumental work of art. The students have worked very hard to learn it.”
At the performance in Longview, the choir will be accompanied by a piano.
"We’ll be ready to perform next Saturday,” Hodges said. "We’ve already had one performance at ETBU and we’ve been playing with a piano. When we get to New York we’ll have a full orchestra accompanying us.”
Hodges is excited for the educational experience the trip to New York will provide his students.
"We’ll do a group meal while at Little Italy, the students will get to see the Empire State Building and two Broadway Shows,” he said. "One of the highlights will also be a tour of the 9/11 Memorial. After the performance at Carnegie Hall, there will be a dinner cruise that lets the students see the Statue of Liberty.”
The group will also visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Roughly 40 students are planned to make the trip which will begin Nov. 14.
"It’s an excellent educational experience,” Hodges said. "We have a few students who have never been on a plane before. To have the students go out and view all of this is an indescribable experience for them.”
To help raise money for the trip, the School of Fine Arts and ETBU paid for the majority of the costs.
The students were responsible for only a third of their trip’s expenses.
Earlier in the year, the students held a dinner with performances to help pay for their trip.
For more information on the upcoming concert in Longview, call (903) 923-2158.
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