A Cappella Choir Celebrates 75th Anniversary
On November 19, current conductor Jerry McCoy led the A Cappella Choir in celebrating its 75th season with Blessed are they…, a concert that commemorated several anniversaries. In remembrance of President John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his death, the choir presented Herbert Howells’ beautiful Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing, commissioned for Kennedy’s memorial service and now considered a masterpiece of 20th-century choral music. And in honor of the 100th anniversary of Britten’s birth, the choir sang his festival cantata Rejoice in the Lamb.
The A Cappella Choir traces its roots back to the tenure of music dean Wilfred Bain, who from 1938 to 1947 exponentially expanded the enrollment and reputation of the music program with the help of A Cappella Choir statewide tours, radio broadcasts and performances with the Dallas and Houston Symphony Orchestras.