‘Choral Flourish’ opens Christmas season

As Christmas rolls in, so does the spirited music of the season.

Dr. David Sharlow, director of choral activities, is directing the MSSU Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers in “A Season of Choral Flourish” at 7:30 p.m. tonight at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 812 S. Pearl St. Joplin.

“A Season Choral Flourish is  a festive community outreach program in conjunction with the St. Peter of the Apostle Catholic Church and the Crossline Churches of Joplin, which is a charitable organization that helps those in need,” Sharlow said. “We’re especially focused on that because it’s the holiday season. That’s sort of our main thrust. We’re doing a variety of music but it’s all seasonal.

“It think it’s going to be a great concert in the sense that the music is rich. The acoustic in that particular church is also rich, and the aesthetic is also a beautiful place to sing.”

The Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers group will be singing hymns and carols of varying languages and styles.

Songs from the program will include French, Russian and English pieces. The set list is “Pater Noster,” “Exultate Deo,” “Bogoroditse Devo,” “Salmo 150,” “Sign We Now of Christmas,” “O Magnum Mysterium,” “Hosanna to the Son of David,” “The Lamb,” “Muile Rendera,” “Gloria,” “Wassail Song,” “Set Me As a Seal,” “Extampie Natalis,” “I Can Tell the World,” “Touro-louro-louro,” “There is a Balm in Gilead,” “Alleluia,” and “O Holy Night.”

Some will involve instrumentation provided by the MSSU Percussion Ensemble, horn player Will Harrell, Glenda Austin and the Accorde String Quartet.

“They’re classic choral standards,” Sharlow said. “It’s not like “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” or anything like that, it’s classical choral music, both sacred and secular. Classical choral music meaning music written by composers who write in the more classic vein, meaning it’s not pop music; it’s not Broadway show music; it’s not all  old, although we’re singing pieces that date back to the 14-1500s, but it’s music that falls into that category.”

Sharlow said some of the songs date as early as the 2000s.