The Sine Nomine Choral Society of Central Oklahoma, Shawnee's community choir, will present its fall concert, "Friends, Faith, Freedom," on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 3:00 p.m., and Monday, Nov. 28, at 7:30 p.m. Both concerts will be presented at Shawnee's First Baptist Church, 10th & Union.
Artistic director of the group is Herb Moring, music teacher/band director at North Rock Creek School. Accompanist is Dr. Carol Ann Bell, retired OBU piano professor.
Pieces to be presented by the 26-member choir include "God Is Our Refuge" by Allen Pote; "And the Father Will Dance" by Mark Hayes; "America," arranged by Robert Hunter, and featuring soprano soloist Melissa Kamm; "Neighbors' Chorus" from La Jolie Parfumeuse, a comic opera by Jacques Offenbach; "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Paul Simon, arranged by Kirby Shaw; and "Sing of America" by Noel Goemanne, Trumpet players Mike Brem and Danny Napier will accompany "God Is Our Refuge," and they will be joined by flutist Sherry McWilliams for "Sing of America."
The group will also present "Festival Piece on Sine Nomine" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, arranged by Dwight Elrich, and "O God Beyond All Praising" by Gustav Holst, arranged by Richard Proulx. Sopranos Dr. Rebecca Ballinger, voice professor at OBU, and Sara Ledford, minister of music at the First United Methodist Church of Owasso, will be featured in "For Good" from the Broadway musical Wicked. The choir will also present "American Anthem" by Gene Scheer, arranged by John Purifoy.
The program will conclude with Jane Marshall's powerful sacred anthem "My Eternal King" and "Go Ye Now in Peace" by Joyce Eilers. Organist Dr. Ron Lewis will accompany "O God Beyond All Praising" and "My Eternal King."
Sine Nomine was founded in the fall of 1998 by Dr. Nancy Cobb Lippens,its first musical director, and a group of individuals who wanted to create a community chorus for the Shawnee area where interested singers could join together and learn and perform a variety of good choral music. The group's repertoire consists of music from a variety of genres, periods, and musical styles, including classical, sacred, and secular.
Tickets for the fall concert are $5.00, and are available from any Sine Nomine member or at the door.
The choir will conclude its fall activities with "Christmas at the Aldridge," an annual carol sing to be held at 2:00 p.m. Dec. 10 in the lobby of the Aldridge Hotel and Apartments in downtown Shawnee. This concert is free and open to the public.