Tallgrass Chamber Choir to perform ‘Eclectic Mass’ at Osage City

Jacob Narverud, formerly of Meriden, will conduct an Eclectic Mass Saturday at Osage City.

Jacob Narverud will conduct an ‘Eclectic Mass’ Saturday at Osage City.

The Osage City Area Arts Council will present an entertaining, uplifting and unique music concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26, in the Grace Lutheran Church sanctuary, 210 Holliday St., Osage City.

The Tallgrass Chamber Choir will make its first appearance in Osage City as part of its fifth season. The choir is made up of 24 singers, most of whom are college-aged students and young professionals from around the Emporia, Wichita, Lawrence and Kansas City areas.

The concert, Eclectic Mass, will feature mass settings by various composers including Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Durufle’, Mazzoni and an exciting new Caribbean-style Kyrie by Glen McClure. Glenn Wollard will be featured on marimba and other exotic percussion instruments. Tiffany Budke, piano professor at Emporia State University, will accompany the choir. The choir will also perform some spirituals and will premiere two pieces written by their conductor, Jacob Narverud.

Originally from Meriden, Kan., Narverud is conductor and founding artistic director of the Tallgrass Chamber Choir and Orchestra of the Flint Hills, and holds music degrees in conducting and vocal performance from Emporia State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is actively involved with the Allegro Choirs of Kansas City as composer in residence, director of Spirito young men’s vocal ensemble, conductor of the Allegro Brillante Chamber Ensemble, and serves as associate director of choirs at Lawrence Free State High School.

The Osage City Area Arts Council is inviting everyone to this exciting evening of choral music. With the Tallgrass Chamber Choir receiving rave reviews for past performances, this concert is expected to be no exception.

Admission is a free will donation and refreshments will be served following the concert in the Grace Lutheran Fellowship Hall.

Other upcoming Osage City Arts Council performances include Claude Bourbon, French medieval guitarist and singer, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Osage City Santa Fe Depot; and Judy Coder and Cowgirl Swing, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, Grace Lutheran Fellowship Hall, 210 Holliday St., Osage City.

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