McMurry University

02/23/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/23/2018 15:31

McMurry Band and Choir to preview Carnegie Hall performance at Paramount Theater

McMurry Band and Choir to preview Carnegie Hall performance at Paramount Theater

Gary Ellison
Friday, February 23, 2018 2:44 PM
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Abilene, TX

The McMurry University Band and Choir will preview their upcoming Carnegie Hall performance at the Paramount Theater on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. The two groups will present their entire New York concert at the Music Department's annual 'Collage Concert,' which is free and open to the public.

The evening's program will include the modern orchestral fanfare Short Ride in a Fast Machine by John Adams, choral anthem My Eternal King by Texas composer Jane Marshall, a new work by Dr. David Wallis entitled Enter the Gates, the classic band work Rocky Point Holiday by Ron Nelson, and a grand finale for both groups entitled A Mighty Fortress Is Our God by Dan Forrest.

McMurry's choir, the Chanters, will be under the direction of Dr. David Wallis, and Dr. David Robinson will conduct the McMurry concert band, the Wind Ensemble. This concert will also feature solo performances by McMurry faculty members Dr. David Amlung on trumpet, Dr. Johnny Mendoza on percussion, Dr. Karla Ordonez on flute, and Ms. Susetta Rockett on piano. These performers will be accompanied by Charles Shelton on piano. The entire concert performance will last just over an hour.

The McMurry Chanters and Wind Ensemble will travel to New York City for a four-day residency in March, and share the stage for a solo concert performance in Carnegie's main performance venue, the Isaac Stern Auditorium. The trip will be highlighted by a performance at New York's Carnegie Hall on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at 8 p.m. EDT. Seated in midtown Manhattan, Carnegie Hall is home to three performing spaces. Opened in 1891, the venue is one of the most prestigious concert locations in the world and has hosted more than 46,000 performances. Carnegie Hall was designated a National Historical Landmark in 1962.

For more information about these events, please contact Dr. David Wallis, Director of Choral Activities, at 325-793-4947, or Dr. David Robinson, Director of Bands, at 325-793-4867.