Both the Chamber Choir and Vocal Rhapsody will be performing.
The concert will feature a variety of music from traditional choral selections such as Shaw's "With a Voice of Singing" and Grieg's "Brothers Sing On" to Broadway favorites from contemporary and classic shows.
Some of the Broadway selections include Lion King, Wicked, Rogers and Hammerstein Medley, The Music Man, Les Miserables, and many others.
The choir will also share international songs such as the Swahili Praise Song “O Sifuni Mungu,”, South African “Think of Me,” Italian “Santa Lucia,” and Jonathan Quick's arrangement of “Loch Lomond.” Vocal Rhapsody, an all-male ensemble, will also share lighter songs including The Eagles “Seven Bridges Road,” Philip Phillips' “Home,” and “Blue Moon.”
The choral anthem, “Omnia Sol” (Let Your Heart be Staid) by Z. Randall Stroope is also on the program. It is a reflection on the constant passage of events and people in life's continuum, and the human need to anchor words of love and commitment in the hearts of those who have been mentors and friends along life's way. Through the lyrics of this song, we are assured that the ever-changing chaos of life seems to find a piece of solid ground in the simple assurance that one is not alone.
“Life is a mosaic made up of visual images, conversations, laughter, love, and experiences too numerous to count, all as a result of one's inseparable kinship with others,” according to Karen Dale, associate professor of music. “The metaphor for that kinship in this piece is ‘omni a sol’ (everywhere light), and that light is perpetuated by our daily investing and leaving a bit of ourselves in every soul we encounter. Though we mature and ‘move on,’ part of us is staid in the hearts and minds of those we chance to meet.”
The text to “Omnia Sol” is macaronic, and mixes English poetry with a Latin verse from Carmina Burana. This song will also be the anthem for Cleveland State’s 45th commencement ceremony.