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APSU choral activities hosting “The Big Sing” on April 12

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — As another academic year nears its end, Austin Peay State University choral activities celebrates the grand finale of the choral season with the biggest collection of vocal talent to date in the third annual “The Big Sing.”

On April 12 at 5:30 p.m., upwards of 158 singers from APSU and Paducah Tilghman High School will join together at the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on the University campus in a free performance of a wide range of vocal compositions.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — As another academic year nears its end, Austin Peay State University choral activities celebrates the grand finale of the choral season with the biggest collection of vocal talent to date in the third annual “The Big Sing.”

On April 12 at 5:30 p.m., upwards of 158 singers from APSU and Paducah Tilghman High School will join together at the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on the University campus in a free performance of a wide range of vocal compositions.

Included in the evening’s schedule will be a composition performed by the APSU Chamber Singers, the premier choral ensemble of the University, as they debut the world premier of “The Well-Closed Doors,” a song commissioned by APSU and composed by Nashville-based composer Daniel Elder.

“Daniel writes wonderful music for choirs performed by choirs of all sizes, and we’ll be performing a world-premier composition that he created for us,” Dr. Korre Foster, director of choral activities at APSU, said. “The composition is inspired by ‘The Last Invocation,’ a poem from Walt Whitman, and we’ve already begun to learn it for the performance.”

Accompanying the Chamber Singers in their performance of “The Well-Closed Door” will be pianist, and APSU alumnus, Justin Fitch (’15).

Under the leadership of acclaimed choral director Matthew Hinz, the Paducah Tilghman Concert Choir will arrive on campus that morning and spend the day meeting with APSU students and rehearsing for the evening’s performance. During the evening’s event, the students will join the APSU Chamber Singers and University Choir to create a choral union for a performance of three songs.

The compositions performed by the choral union include “Invictus,” a song composed by Joshua Rist and based on the William Ernest Henley poem of the same name, as well as the first movement of “Gloria” by John Rutter and “J'entends le Moulin” by Donald Patriquin.

The performance of “J’entends le Moulin” will also include a piano portion performed by APSU professor of music, Dr. Anne Glass.

For more information on the “The Big Sing” at APSU, contact Foster at fosterk@apsu.edu.