Rocky choirs performs free concert Saturday at St. Pat's

2014-04-03T10:30:00Z 2014-04-03T10:49:05Z Rocky choirs performs free concert Saturday at St. Pat's The Billings Gazette

St. Patrick Co-Cathedral will host the Rocky Mountain College Concert Choir and Chamber Choir in a free concert Saturday at 7 p.m.

Listeners will experience the music of Vivaldi and compare the flavor of Russian folk music to American folk music, said Steven Hart, professor of music.

“Choral ensembles love singing in St. Patrick Co-Cathedral. The acoustics favor choirs. They can hear their sound reflected back to them, and it’s truly a beautiful place to perform,” Hart said.

The choirs begin with the Vivaldi Credo, the composer’s only setting of the Nicene Creed. Quavering rhythms and the E minor key lend depth to the text that begins joyfully, “I believe.”

The choir will then feature two Russian and two American folk song arrangements. The songs in Russian use typical deep bass voices and evocative minor harmonies: “Brooms,” an energetic piece, uses a nonsensical play on words, while “A Little Golden Cloud” paints a musical picture of the Russian countryside.

“We are fortunate to have a native Russian speaker to coach the ensemble in pronunciation,” Hart said.

Soloists include Koree MacMurdie, a music education major from Whitehall, and Keli Rae Mitchell, a music performance major from Golden, Colo. Concert pianists Sandi Rabas and Arle Lohof share accompanist roles.

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