Lee Chorale To Present To 20th Anniversary Concert

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The Lee University Chorale will hold its 20th Anniversary Concert in Pangle Hall on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 3 p.m.

The concert will celebrate 20 years of Chorale, which was started in 2000 by the then School of Music dean, Dr. Lonnie McCalister.

The performance will begin with words of hope and inspiration, including Javier Busto’s “Da pacem Domine” (“Grant us peace, O Lord”) and Jake Runestad’s “I Will Lift Mine Eyes,” a setting of Psalm 121. Also featured will be selections from Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass” and a set of songs from composer Eric Whitacre.
“Though we had to put a hold on many performances over the last several months due to COVID-19, our ensembles have been practicing and preparing to share events such as this with our friends and guests,” said Dr. Bill Green, director of Lee Chorale. “With a great musical lineup, this concert is sure to be a fun, enjoyable afternoon.”

The performance will conclude with a virtual choir, comprising current Chorale members and alumni, sharing René Clausen’s “Prayer.”

According to Green, “Prayer” is a setting of a text from Mother Teresa of Calcutta which expresses Chorale’s attitude of service: “Help me spread your fragrance wherever I go…Shine through me and be so in me that every soul will feel your presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me, but only You.”

The Lee University Handbell Choir, directed by Laud Vaught, will join Chorale for this special anniversary concert.

In addition to directing the Lee University Chorale, Green serves as dean of Lee’s School of Music and a professor of choral music. He has collaborated with many of today’s leading conductors and has led performances of many of the major works for chorus and orchestra.

Lee University Chorale is known for the breadth of its repertoire, which ranges from sacred classical works and spirituals to vibrant cultural pieces. The ensemble has been featured in performances at Carnegie Hall and has traveled across Europe, performing at the Vatican, St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.

The performance is offered both in person and through livestream. Masks and temperature screenings will be required, according to CDC guidelines.

The event is free, but due to COVID-19 capacity regulations, seating is limited and tickets are required, which can be found at Showclix.

The livestream can be viewed at LeeU Livestream.

For more information, contact the School of Music at [email protected] or (423) 614-8240.

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