WSU's Concert Choir and Madrigal Chamber Singers will take listeners on a journey at Thursday night's concert in Bryan Hall Theatre.
The Concert Choir's performance, where language will play a key part, will revolve around going places, said Lori Wiest, a professor of music and conductor for the two groups. Three of the pieces will be sung in French. They will also feature Italian.
“I try to put together a thematic program if I can,” she said. “It's music that fits together in some way. This year the theme is, for Concert Choir,'journeys.'”
Wiest said one of the French pieces is based on Little Red Riding Hood.
“Nicolette, she's going through the fields picking flowers, and she runs across a wolf,” she said. “The wolf scares her so she runs away and you can hear that in the music how her clogs are running away. It's those kinds of stories, fun stories, that we're telling.”
The 16 members of the Madrigal Chamber Singers will also perform songs reflecting love. Wiest said the pieces will connect Renaissance pop music to The Beatles.
Kayla Johnson, a music education graduate student, said performing these thematic songs adds a different dimension to the concert.
“There's stories in everything we sing,” she said. “It's not just an overarching poem that's kind of abstract, but they literally tell a story all the way through.”
The Concert Choir consists of 44 members. Amanda VanderWoude, a vocal performance graduate student, said being in a larger choir brings a new dynamic to her experience.
“I do plenty enough solo work on my own time,” she said. “It's nice to do… a large ensemble.”
Rodrigo Cortés, a vocal performance graduate student, said as a solo performer, participating in Concert Choir challenges him.
“You're not a solo performer anymore,” he said. “As a member of a choir and ensemble, you have to learn to blend and you have to learn to listen to one another. It's not about the solo voice; it's about working as a team, as an ensemble, to get that perfect result.”
The concert is free to the public and will start at 8 p.m.