The University Chorale, the premiere mixed ensemble on the Oklahoma Baptist University campus, will present its spring concert Saturday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
The concert's theme of "Light and Life" will feature pieces from Asia including “Rasa Sayong” from Malaysia, “Molihua” from China, and “Magnificent Horses” from Mongolia. In addition to the Asia pieces, the concert will feature pieces including "My Spirit Sang All Day" by Gerald Finzi, "Sure On This Shining Night" by Morten Lauridsen, and an arrangement of "Circle of Life" from The Lion King.
The University Chorale is under the direction of Dr. Brent Ballweg, director of choral activities. He earned a bachelor's degree from OBU and a master's degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned his doctorate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ballweg is an active guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator for various festivals, music contests and workshops across the country.
Comprised of 50 of OBU's finest singers selected by audition, University Chorale's purpose remains the same as it was in its earliest days: "to present advanced choral literature to the OBU campus and community." University Chorale is in demand for performances in the state and region and maintains an active performing schedule both on and off campus.
The Chorale has previously appeared at the Southwestern Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association, The Church Music Workshop, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Oklahoma State Youth Choir Festival and the Oklahoma Music Educators Association Conference.