This concert was performed by the Fort Hays State University Choirs and Wind Ensemble in the Beach\Schmidt Performing Arts Center on November 25, 2013. Conductors for the concert were Dr. Terry Crull and Dr. Jeff Jordan. Accompanist for the University Choirs is Ms. Pam McGowne.
The Fort Hays Singers open the concert with “The Star Spangled Banner (2:24), words by Francis Scott Key and music by John Stafford Smith. This is followed by “America (The New England Hymn) (7:37), words by Reverend Mather Byles and music by William Billings. Next is “Sally Ann” (9:38), a 19th century “play party” fiddle-tune song arranged by Ulysses Kay. The next number is “Slumber Song” (11:14), Op. 43, No.2 by Edward MacDowell and written for college choruses in 1890. The last song performed by the Fort Hays Singers is “Yankee Doodle” (14:26), a traditional American fold tune arranged by Ralph Hunter.
The FHSU Concert Choir follows with “Tell My Father” (from The Civil War: An American Musical)(17:12), words by Jack Murphy, music by Frank Wildhorn, arranged by Andrea Ramsey. Next is “America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee) (22:27), words by Samuel Francis Smith and arranged by Robert Edgerton. “America” is followed by the Anthem form the symphony “America” (25:20) by Ernst Bloch. The Choir continues with “America, the Beautiful” (26:56), words by Katherine Lee Bates, music by Samuel A. Ward, arranged by Roy Ringwald. Military members are honored with the “Armed Services Salute” (32:04) arranged by Joyce Eilers. The salute is followed by “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor” from the musical “Miss Liberty” (38:50), words by Emma Lazarus, music by Irving Berlin, and arranged by Roy Ringwald. The choir concludes this portion of the program with “Battle Hymn of the Republic” (42:06), words by Julia Ward Howe, music by William Steffe, and arranged Peter J. Wilhousky.
The Wind Ensemble opens its portion of the program with Fanfare to “The Hammer” (48:08) by Anthony O’Toole followed by “Variations on a Shaker Melody (from Appalachian Spring) (53:08) by Aaron Copeland. This is followed by “Three Negro Dances” (57:48) by Florence B. Price, arranged by Erik W.G. Leidzen. Next up is “Elegy for a Young American” (1:02:40) by Ronald LoPresti followed by Variations on “America” (1:10:45) by Charles Ives transcribed for band by William E. Rhoads. The concert closes with “Esprit de Corps” (1:18:43) by Robert Jager.