Soli Deo Gloria celebrates with ‘Vibrant Colors’

Soli Deo Gloria, the greater Fresno area’s preeminent women’s chorale, is celebrating a very special anniversary this year: No. 10.

Doesn’t time fly?

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To mark the occasion, music director Julie Carter commissioned a piece titled “Immortal Harps” from local composer Kevin Memley. Here’s a description:

Set to a wonderful poem by John Milton, it describes the music of the spheres and the power and splendor of heavenly singing with imagery that overloads the senses. It talks about songs sung before a sapphire throne, celebratory heavenly exclamations, Seraphim playing angelic trumpets while the Cherubic choirs of thousands play harps of golden wires. Memley sets this text dramatically with an exciting rhythmic piano accompaniment and rich choral writing that drive the message home of ultimate harmony between those in heaven and earth.

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Composer Kevin Memley

The ensemble will sing “Immortal Harps” in a concert titled “Spring Tapestry: Vibrant Colors” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, at University Presbyterian Church.

The program also includes the beautiful songs “Shenandoah,” by Carl J. Nygard, Jr., and “The Erie Canal,” by Clifton J. Noble, Jr.

Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the door (and $10 students).

For a clip of some of the members of Soli Deo Gloria singing on the December episode of my monthly arts talk show, click here.


Win tickets

I’m giving away a pair of tickets to Soli Deo Gloria’s Friday concert. To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me if you’ve ever heard heard the ensemble sing. (Or if you’re shy, just say you’d like to attend.) I’ll pick a winner at random. Deadline is 4 p.m. Thursday, March 22. I’ll inform the winner by email, so be sure to check yours later in the evening.


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Author: Donald Munro

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