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SBU to host annual Masterworks Concert on May 3

BOLIVAR, Mo. – The Southwest Baptist University Area of Music will present the annual Masterworks Concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 3 in Pike Auditorium on the Bolivar campus. 

The Masterworks Orchestra and Chorus will present “Gloria” by John Rutter, movement three from “Lux” by Dan Forrest, and “Serenade for String Orchestra” by Norman Leyden. The repertoire is not light but rather about light, the phenomenon of the light of heavenly glory. 

“This is particularly appropriate as society begins to move out of the darkness of the pandemic to a yet to be known future,” said Dr. James R. Tarrant, director of choral studies and professor of music at SBU who has conducted the Masterworks concert the past 18 years. 

The program, which is free and open to the public, will feature a 60-plus member orchestra and close to 100 singers involving students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community musicians.

For nearly 60 years, SBU has presented the Masterworks concert to give southwest Missouri the experience of musical works best presented by the combined efforts of discipline area, university, and community. The repertoire has included great classics, unfamiliar pearls, and modern compositions of significance. 

The Area of Music also will be hosting a reception in the venue’s lobby after the concert to honor the nearly 100 years of service to the University by Dr. Jeffrey Waters, Dr. Renee Waters and Dr. Tarrant, all who are retiring, and Dr. Robert Carney, who is concluding a 10-year association with SBU. 

For more information, contact the Area of Music at (417) 328-1644.

*Published: 4-29-2022