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"Earth Songs" an Evening of Fantastic Choral Music at Utah State University

USU Choir

LOGAN — Multiple choirs from Utah State University’s choral music program present the spring concert “Earth Songs,” an evening of choral music from around the globe. The concert is Friday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Caine Performance Hall on USU’s Logan campus.

“This concert will be alive with the sounds of great singing, intense percussion, lilting folk melodies and even bagpipes,” said Cory Evans, director of the choral program and professor in the Caine College of the Arts (CCA).

The concert features the USU Chamber Singers, USU Chorale and USU Women’s Choir directed by Evans and Luke Shepherd, respectively.

The University Chorale will perform “Gloria” from “Missa Criolla,” a set of songs from the British Isles, and a sultry setting of Loreena McKennit’s “Tango to Evora.”  The USU Chamber Singers will perform an arrangement of “He Lives In You” from Broadway’s “The Lion King,” as well as rarely heard pieces from early America. 

The Women’s Choir will feature music of Karl Jenkins and Sergei Rachmaninoff. The choir performs two movements from a larger Rachmaninoff work, singing in the composer’s native language, Russian, Shepherd said.  

The evening closes with all choirs combining for “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” in an original arrangement by Women’s Choir Director Shepherd. This is the third original arrangement Shepherd has completed for this year’s choral concerts.

“It will be an eclectic evening of great choral music,” Evans said.  “Don’t miss it.”

Admission is $10 adults, $8 seniors and youth, $5 USU faculty/staff and free for USU students with ID. For more information, visit the CCA Box Office in room L101 of the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s Logan, call 435-797-8022 or see the college’s website (



Writer: Samantha Kiser, CCA Production Services, for USU Public Relations and Marketing, 04/11/16

Photo: (CCA-Choir) Utah State University choirs are featured in “Earth Songs” Friday, April 22, 7:30 p.m., Caine Performance Hall. Music from around the world will be featured.