Lone Star College-Montgomery’s Singers and Strings to Perform “Songs of Love and War”

ebony statue of man and woman in armsLone Star College-Montgomery’s Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, and String Ensemble will perform their annual spring concert, “Songs of Love and War,” on Wednesday, April 4th, at 7:30 p.m., in the Recital Hall, located in the college’s Music Hall (Building H). The concert will include some major works of the vocal repertoire.  

The Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Dominick DiOrio, director of choral activities and associate professor of music at LSC-Montgomery, will perform Johannes Brahms’ “Liebeslieder-Walzer” (“Love-Song Waltzes”) for four-hand piano. This performance will feature outstanding LSC-Montgomery adjunct faculty members and pianists Dr. Roger Keele and Sergey Kuznetsov.

The Chamber Singers will perform one of the earliest Italian oratorios, Giacomo Carissimi’s “Jephte,” a moving tale taken from the Old Testament. The performance will feature LSC-Montgomery faculty members Michael Walsh, as the baritone voice of war-hero Jephte, and Elizabeth Borik, as the soprano voice of Jephte’s daughter. It will also feature DiOrio on the harpsichord and Jeremy Fain, an LSC-Montgomery adjunct faculty member, on bassoon.

“I am so excited for this concert,” said DiOrio, who recently completed the requirements for the doctorate of musical arts from the Yale School of Music and will receive his degree in May. “Not only will attendees have the opportunity to hear music spanning 400 years, but they will also have the chance to see our students featured alongside our exceptionally talented faculty artists.”

The String Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Lisa M. Burrell, an adjunct faculty member at LSC-Montgomery, will perform a set of works inspired by dance, including music by famous Argentian composer Astor Piazzolla and the “King of Rag,” Scott Joplin.
 
“There’s even a bit of Jimi Hendrix thrown in," said Burrell, who serves as a regular public school string clinician and is active in chamber music performance.  

Burrell is on the summer violin faculty of the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pa. She served as a full time violin/viola professor at Sam Houston State University from 2004-2009. Burrell received her doctorate in violin performance from the University of Houston in 2002.
 
Tickets for the “Songs of Love and War” concert are $10 for general admission; $5 for students; or $25 for general admission and donation that includes a CD of the LSC-Montgomery music department. Tickets can be purchased online at www.LoneStar.edu/music-montgomery. All ticket proceeds go toward music department scholarships.

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; or 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 75,000 students in credit classes, 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 six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball, and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.