Las Vegas, N.M. – The Highlands University Concert Choir presents an “Anthems” concert April 14 at 3 p.m. in the university’s historic Ilfeld Auditorium at 900 University Ave.
Some of the musical selections include “Rejoice in the Lord,” “He, Watching Over Israel,” “Glory to God Forever,” “Kyrie,” “Be Thou My Vision,” “Hymn of Peace” and “Every Time I Feel the Spirit.”
“This concert focuses on a collection of anthems that are used throughout many church denominations including Protestant and Catholic,” said Andre García-Nuthmann, director of Highlands University’s choral and vocal program. “This concert features historical music beginning with the baroque period and continuing in time through the classical, romantic, and modern 20th-century periods. It ends with 21st-century gospel renditions that have been modernized.”
García-Nuthmann, who will conduct the concert choir, said the musical selections are timeless and beautiful.
“I imagine concertgoers will leave the performance humming these pieces,” García-Nuthmann said.
Edwin Aybar is the pianist for the concert and Michael Campbell is the percussionist.
Amy Hufnal, mezz0-soprano, and Steven Hufnal, tenor, are the vocal soloists for “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence.”
Other vocal soloists include Betty Thompson, soprano, in “Agnus Dei” and Oksana Herrera, a Highlands music student in vocal performance, in “Panis Angelicus.”
The trio of vocalists Amy Hufnal, Steven Hufnal and John Loehr solo in “The Heavens Are Telling.” Loehr, a tenor, is a soloist in “Nobody Know the Trouble I’ve Seen.”
“The soloists for this concert are very well prepared and all have exceptional voices,” García-Nuthmann said.
The Highlands University Concert Choir is composed of Highlands University faculty, students and staff, as well as Las Vegas community members.
“Our Concert Choir is a top-notch group of excellent musicians. They always deliver a stellar performance,” García-Nuthmann said.
General admission tickets for the “Anthems” concert are $5. The concert is free for Highlands University students, faculty and staff with valid IDs.