The Minot State University Concert Choir will present “Peace Will Come: Songs of Hope and Love” Wednesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall on the MSU campus.
This spring concert is a fundraiser for the concert choir‘s trip to perform at Helena Cathedral in Montana. A voluntary donation will be taken during the concert on Wednesday.
“The concert focuses on the journey from darkness to light, from hate to love, from war to peace”, said Eads, director of choral activities and assistant professor of music at MSU.
The concert soloists are Kylee Cook, Megan Klebe and Tyler Irmen. Steffen Dauwalder, percussion, and Danica Rumney, clarinet, will also be part of the selections during the concert.
“‘All Hail the Power’ by Amy Beach, might be one of my favorite tracks on this program,” said Cook. “Not only is it such a powerful piece to listen to, but it’s also powerful to sing. It pushes me closer to my limits and allows so much musicality. It also brings me home to sing hymns in my church with my mother, which is always a good memory.
“My favorite track at this concert is”Prayer of Saint Francis,“said Klebe. “A lot of really awful things are happening in the world lately, but this piece reminds me and inspires me to try to see and be the kindness we all need right now.
“‘Bashana Haba’ah’ would be my favorite piece in this concert,” said Irmen. “The piece brings me so much joy. The harmonization of the chords shows off the upper ranges of the tenor voice while giving the other voices their own special moments in the music.
“Our music this spring focuses on the transition from war to peace, from health to well-being, from sadness to joy, from darkness to light. After weathering the storm of a pandemic world, we now face uncertainty abroad. The peace of our brothers in Eastern Europe is threatened. The world remains on the precipice of great turmoil, but as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
“So we raise our voices today to bring hope to the hopeless and bring love to those who seek it. Music has that power,” Eds said.