Posted April 22, 2009
The Idaho State University Concert Choir, conducted by Dr. Scott Anderson, will perform "Te Deum" by faculty composer Randy Earles at the choral concert at 7:30 p.m. May 1 in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.
"Te Deum" is a an extended composition for choir, soloists and chamber ensemble based on a well-known Latin text. This will be the premiere performance of this piece. The ISU Women’s Choir and the ISU Chamber Choir will also be performing during the concert.
On April 17, the ISU Concert Band, conducted by Monte Grisé, performed "Idaho Celebration," also by Earles. This short composition for concert band was commissioned by the Idaho Department of Education specifically for Idaho high school bands. In October Grisé conducted the premiere performance by the District IV Honor Band in Twin Falls. It has been performed by many Idaho high school bands in the past few months, including performances during the recent California tour of the Wood River High School band.
Another choral composition by Earles, "Sing the World Together," was performed last summer as the grand finale to the Idaho International Choir Festival. Choirs from seven countries joined forces to sing the finale.