Chamber Singers and Concert Choir to Perform "Love and Loss"



Lone Star College-Montgomery’s music department presents a free choir concert entitled, “Love and Loss,” on Thursday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m.,in the Recital Hall, located in the college’s Music Hall (Building H).
 
The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will collaborate with Divisi Strings to present a concert that touches the heart and soothes the soul. This program of music is the first choral concert of the year and one that marks a huge milestone in the career of Dominick DiOrio, concert conductor and professor of music at LSC-Montgomery.
 
"This fall concert is a particularly special one for me, as it serves as the culminating recital for my doctoral degree of musical arts from the Yale School of Music,” said DiOrio. “I am so excited to see some of my former Yale professors who will be in attendance at the concert, as well as share this musical milestone with the students.”
 
The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will sing pieces dealing with love and adoration from the Song of Solomon and ancient Latin sources, as well as poignant texts on loss and grief, including Bach's majestic early cantata based on Psalm 130. Timeless choral works by Byrd, Mendelssohn, and Bach, as well as contemporary works by Willan, MacMillan, and Whitacre will illustrate the various shades of emotion and longing.
 
Guest vocal soloists include soprano Kelli Shircliffe, mezzo-soprano Kammi Estelle, tenor Wayne Ashley, and bass-baritone Joshua Wilson. Also, two of the recent collaborators from LSC-Montgomery’s spring Opera Gala return for this performance—DarylRobinson on the harpsichord and piano, along with the consummate artists of Divisi Strings.
  
Currently, DiOrio is a doctoral candidate in choral conducting at Yale University (Master of Musical Arts, 2009). He received his master’s degree in choral conducting from Yale University in 2008, studying with noted professors Marguerite L. Brooks and Simon Carrington. DiOrio received his bachelor’s degree in composition from the Ithaca College School of Music in 2006, graduating summa cum laude.
 
For more information about the concert or the music department at LSC-Montgomery, contact Denise Meyers, program coordinator for theatre/fine arts at LSC-Montgomery, at 936.273.7021; Dominick DiOrio at 936.273.7270; or visit www.LoneStar.edu/music-Montgomery.

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call 936.273.7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.
 
With more than 75,000 students in credit classes for fall 2011, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.