Belton, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Bell Civic Chorale will be presenting its spring concert, entitled “My God and King,” Monday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Manning Chapel within the Meyer Christian Studies Building on the UMHB campus.
The concert will begin with Schubert’s Mass in G, followed by Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs. The concert will feature three soloists from UMHB’s music faculty: Penny Hogan, Dr. Mark Aaron Humphrey, and Dr. David Thomas.
“This is such a meaningful way to begin Holy Week,” the chorale’s director, Dr. Michelle Roueché said. “The Mass in G is probably the most well-known of Schubert’s masses, and it is a lovely work,”
“Given that Schubert only lived to be thirty-one years old,” Roueché said. “It is amazing how much music he wrote. Unlike most composers, Schubert was not a gifted performer. Lucky for us, he poured all of his energy into composing.”
George Herbert’s Five Mystical Songs has been described as a “gorgeous work set to Christian poetry.”
“This work is unusual in that the choir accompanies the baritone soloist, and the poetry is just as exquisite as the music,” Roueché explained. “While Holy Week is a busy time for many of us, I encourage the community to come hear this concert. This music will help the audience reflect on the sacrifices Christ made for us and anticipate the joy of Easter.”