Las Vegas, N.M. – The Highlands University Concert Choir presents “A Joyful Noise – Schubert and Jazz” April 12 at 3 p.m. in the university’s historic Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.
Andre García-Nuthmann, director of Highlands University’s choral and vocal program, will conduct the concert.
“Schubert’s Magnificat and Offertorium are two of his more obscure pieces written for the Catholic mass and aren’t performed often,” García-Nuthmann said. “He is one of the most prolific and melodious composers ever, and these pieces are absolutely gorgeous.
“Chilcott’s Little Jazz Mass contains all the jazz components people like, but with a religious design of the mass that is very unique and beautiful,” García-Nuthmann said.
Also on the program are the popular spiritual Ride on Jesus King and a gospel-inspired rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Water.
Linda King, music faculty member and concert pianist, accompanies on piano, along with García-Nuthmann. Music faculty Edward Harrington accompanies on bass while Mike Campbell plays percussion.
Franz Schubert, an Austrian, is considered to be one of the greatest composers of the late classical and early romantic eras. He composed Magnificat in 1816 and Offertorium in 1828.
“The student and community vocal soloists are going to be exceptional in this concert,” García-Nuthmann said.
Vocal soloists for Magnificat include music students Karliz deMarco, a soprano, and Daniel Torres, bass. The community vocal soloist is Erin Abreu Gilland, an alto, while Erik Jonasson, a tenor soloist, is a Highlands staff member.
Music student Joseph Rivera, a tenor, is the vocal soloist for Offertorium.
Bob Chilcott, a contemporary English choral composer, wrote Little Jazz Mass for the Crescent City Festival in New Orleans as well as the New Orleans Children’s Chorus.
Music students Kylee Norman, an alto, is the vocal soloist for Ride on Jesus King. Nita Lujan, a soprano, is the vocal soloist for Bridge Over Troubled Water – one of the most popular songs by American singer-songwriters Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. It was penned in 1970.
The Highlands University Concert Choir is composed of Highlands University students, faculty and staff, as well as community members.
All tickets are $5. Highlands University students with valid IDs are free.