Oct 24, 2019

College of the Ozarks Chorale and Orchestra to perform Friday, Oct. 25


POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — The College of the Ozarks Orchestra and Chorale will join together for a concert entitled “American Voices” on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Royal Oak Forum at The Keeter Center.

The concert is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

The College of the Ozarks Orchestra will perform the following:

  • “Variations on ‘America,’” a composition by Charles Ives based on “My Country ’Tis of Thee”
  • “Lincoln Portrait,” a composition by Aaron Copland

The College of the Ozarks Chorale will perform the following:

  • “Zion’s Walls,” an American camp meeting song arranged by Aaron Copland
  • “Shenandoah,” an American Folk song arranged by James Erb
  • “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor,” Irving Berlin’s famous setting of the Emma Lazarus poem inscribed upon the Statue of Liberty

The orchestra and chorale will combine to perform Randall Thompson’s “The Testament of Freedom,” which is a musical setting of four passages from the writings of Thomas Jefferson.

“We want to celebrate the American Spirit through the words and songs of those who have gone before,” said Dr. John Cornish, director of the College of the Ozarks Chorale and assistant professor of music. “I hope this concert will serve as a reminder of how blessed we are to live in a country where freedom exists and how important it is for us to spread that freedom to others.”

Dr. Luke Carlson, assistant professor of music, will conduct the orchestra, and Dr. Daniel Chinn, associate professor of biblical and theological studies, will narrate the “Lincoln Portrait.”

“In particular, the words of Lincoln and Jefferson illustrate just how strongly our forefathers believed that justice and freedom were God-given rights and that these principles should be passed on, not only to succeeding generations but also across the globe,” Cornish said.