Kingwood Chorale to Present America's Musical Voice

Published on: April 10, 2008

America's musical voice will be celebrated in a concert performed by The Kingwood Chorale on April 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Strawbridge United Methodist Church.

The musical centerpiece of the concert will be Randall Thompson's Frostiana suite for chorus and piano based on the poetry of Robert Frost. Thompson has often been referred to as the Dean of American music, and indeed, his choral works could easily be thought of as the cornerstone of American choral music, imbued as they are with patriotism and local color. Other selections that will be performed will draw from the American folk song and African-American spiritual repertoire.

The Chorale will also present a collection of popular tunes by George Gershwin as well as a medley of songs from the Lerner and Loewe musical, My Fair Lady, as a tribute to the many jazz and musical theatre works that have originated on American soil.

The Kingwood Chorale is led by Dr. Roger Keele, acting Artistic Director, who completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. He also holds degrees from the University of Illinois and the University of North Texas.

Keele has enjoyed success in fields as diverse as vocal coaching and accompanying, operatic stage directing, and musical composition and arranging. His works have been performed across the country and around the world. He has served on the faculties of the University of California at Santa Barbara and Texas Wesleyan University. In addition, he has served as the Assistant Director of the Houston Symphony Chorus, the Director of Choral Activities at Lee College, and staff vocal coach at Rice University. He has also served as Director of Music at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and the first Artistic Director of the St. Cecilia Friends of Music Concert Series and continues to serve on the advisory board.

Anne Heath-Welch, LSC-Kingwood voice faculty, will be the concert's guest artist. Ms. Heath-Welch, a native of the Houston area, has had an illustrious career singing lead roles at home and abroad with such companies as the English National Opera and Covent Garden in London. She presently teaches at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville and at Bridges Academy in Houston.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors and can be purchased in advance from any ensemble member, Kroger, or H-E-B. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Come and enjoy the Kingwood Chorale's salute to our American musical heritage.

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