Northwestern's Choirs to Present 'Soundscapes III' Concert April 27

April 18, 2018

Northwestern choir members entertain the audience in the Alva Independent School armory during their spring 2017 Soundscapes concert. Soundscapes III will take place Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in the same location.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s choirs, which consist of the University Singers and the University Chorale, will be performing “Soundscapes III” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Alva Independent School armory, 230 Choctaw.

This is the third year the choirs have chosen this unique location because of its great acoustics, historic setting, and public interest for a concert. Soundscapes is free and open to the public, but donations are encouraged.

Karsten Longhurst, director of choral studies, is looking forward to this one-of-a-kind concert experience through using the venue’s built-in stage and sharing the unique sounds of the choir members’ voices that are generated in the space.

The choirs will be performing a variety of pieces highlighting songs from the Renaissance to modern day and from all around the world.

“I chose songs that would accentuate the reverberant qualities of the bus barn,” Longhurst said. “Because we don’t have a large hall like the ancient churches of Europe, the bus barn will do.”

Longhurst explained that songs from India, Indonesia, Israel, Africa, England, and America will be featured. Most of the music will be a cappella, but a few will be accompanied by guitar, drums, piano, and violin.

Madison Hofen, junior music education major from Alva, serves as the choir president this year and is excited for the upcoming concert.

“We will be performing a lot of really interesting and unique pieces that are perfect for the reverberant sound of the bus barn,” Hofen said. “One of my favorite pieces we will be performing is called Amavolovolo. It is an African song with lots of movement and percussion. It's going to be a really great concert!”

For more information about Northwestern’s choir, upcoming concerts or fundraising efforts, contact Longhurst and or (580) 327-8692. 


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