LSU School of Music to Celebrate Retiring Choral Director Kenneth Fulton at A Cappella Choir, Symphony Orchestra Concert April 22
BATON ROUGE – Kenneth Fulton, longtime choral director of the LSU School of Music who is retiring this year, will make his farewell conducting appearance when the LSU A Cappella Choir performs with the LSU Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, April 22, at 2:30 p.m. at the LSU Student Union Theater.
For this program, Fulton chose works that have significance for him. These include music from moments that are personally memorable and artistically grand, music he listened to as a high school student, love songs and works that his a cappella Choirs have performed while touring abroad.
The program’s two featured pieces include:
• “Two Prayers: Vere Languores,” by Tomas Luis de Victoria, a song Fulton sang in high school that has remained one of his most loved works;
• “Mass in Eb (Kyrie and Gloria),” by Josef Rheinberger, a beautiful choral mass performed during the choir’s performances in Europe for high mass at some of the best known cathedrals in the world including St. Paul’s at the Vatican in Rome, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and St. Mark’s in Venice.
Also on the program are love songs such as “Love is the Only Every God,” with poetry by E.E. Cummings and music by J.A.C. Redford, an accomplished Los Angeles-based film composer for movies including “Avatar”; and “A Red, Red Rose” from “Four Robert Burns Ballads” by James Mulholland, an LSU graduate and past Alumnus of the Year.
Prior to the performance, The LSU Girls’ Choir will perform in the Union Theatre. The choir is a vocal ensemble serving Baton Rouge area girls ages 5-12. Under the direction of LSU faculty member Sarah J. Bartolome, choristers learn a variety of choral repertoire including folk, classical, multicultural and Broadway selections. The girls also are taught basic vocal technique, fundamental music theory and simple sight-singing skills. The choir, which meets weekly for one hour on Wednesday afternoons, performs at the LSU Performing Arts Academy spring and winter recitals and makes periodic appearances at community events. The choir represents a wonderful opportunity for girls to develop their singing ability, make friends, and learn about music in a fun, non-competitive atmosphere. No auditions are necessary, and scholarships opportunities are available. For more information, contact the LSU Performing Arts Academy at 225-578-3230, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
General admission tickets to the A Cappella Choir and Symphony Orchestra concert are $18 each, while tickets for faculty staff and seniors are $15 and student tickets are $10. Tickets can be purchased at LSU Student Union Box Office, by calling 225-578-5128 or by visiting the LSU School of Music website at http://music.lsu.edu.