Nicholls Concert, Chamber Choirs to Perform in Historic Church


THIBODAUX, La. — The Nicholls State University Concert and Chamber Choirs invite you to the warm and acoustically pleasing St. John’s Episcopal for their performance of “Sing Me to Heaven” on March 22.

The free concert is set for 7 p.m. and will run for about an hour at the church, which is located at 718 Jackson St. in Thibodaux.

“The singers impress me each day as they bring not only an enthusiasm for singing but the discipline required to learn and shape the music to reach deep into its core and connect to its beauty so they can communicate its heart and essence to the audience,” said Dr. John St. Marie, assistant professor and director of choral activities. “It is quite apropos that this concert will be offered at St. John’s Episcopal church – a beautiful space with deep historical roots in Thibodaux. It will be the perfect atmosphere for this musical offering and you will not want to miss this concert.”

The Concert Choir will be performing selections that are energetic, full-spirited and sublime. The set list includes “With a Voice of Singing” by Gilbert Martin; “El Grillo” by Josquin des Prez, which is a song about an inebriated cricket sharing his amorous song; “Warmup” by Leonard Bernstein; “Rise Up My Love, My Fair One” by Healy Willan, a text taken from the “Song of Solomon” where the poet beckons his love to awaken as the winter has gone and the singing of birds is signaling the arrival of spring, the season of love; “To Be Sung on the Water” by Samuel Barber, a vocal piece depicting a tranquil nature scene.

The Nicholls Chamber Choir has been reactivated this semester and will present a set of seven songs entitled “Singing by Numbers” composed by Bob Chilcott. The songs highlight a different mood or inspiration and range from joy to splendor. The Chamber Choir will also present a beautiful folk song arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams titled “Willow” as well as the concert’s title song, “Sing Me to Heaven,” by Daniel Gawthrop, which he says on his publisher’s website was written to speak “to the way that we, as singers, feel about music in our lives.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 8, 2019

CONTACT: Jacob Batte, Media Relations and Publications Coordinator, 985.448.4141 or jacob.batte@nicholls.edu