San Joaquin Chorale Concert offers three premiers

Audiences will hear three premiers for the price of one at the San Joaquin Chorale concert Saturday, May 3, 2008.

The chorale, under the direction of Fresno Pacific University professor Roy Klassen, D.M.A., will perform its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. in the First Congregational Church of Fresno, 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd.

Admission, payable at the door, is $10 for general audiences and $7 students and senior citizens. Call 559-453-2267 for more information.

Among the selections is the world premier of Kevin Memley's "Alleluia," a work dedicated to and composed for the San Joaquin Chorale. Memley modeled the piece after Rene Clausen's successful work using the same one-word text.

Also on the bill are two San Joaquin Valley premiers: The first is "Jubilate" by Bob Chilcott, who studied music at King's College, Cambridge, and has been a member of the King's Singers. The piece comprises six movements on texts from Psalm 100 and Gerard Manley Hopkins. Melinda Ramos will be the featured soprano soloist.

The other Valley premier is the "Son of God" mass by James Whitbourn. Well known for spanning musical genres from "classical" to film and television scores for film and television, Whitbourn composed the BBC's title music for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. This mass is unique in that it combines organ and chorus with soprano saxophone, featuring Alan Durst.

Other selections include Durst in a performance of Joshua Shank’s setting of an E. E. Cumming text "when god decided to invent" and settings by 20th century composers Kenneth Leighton, Richard Nance, David N. Childs, Daniel Hughes and David Cherwien.