The concert is being presented by Lee University’s School of Music.
Dr. William Green, dean of the School of Music, has asked Dr. Austin Patty, assistant professor of music, to reflect and present information on the recent missions trip to Japan by Lee students and faculty.
He also will report on the current conditions in the areas they visited.
Lee’s School of Music is partnering with Operation Compassion to receive monetary contributions from the community to be sent to assist in the relief effort. Those in attendance will be given the opportunity to contribute toward this critical cause.
Music will be featured from great composers including Z. Randall Stroope, Eric Whitacre, and Moses Hogan. “Prayer” by American composer René Clausen will be presented. Green expounded upon the theme of this occasion by explaining that “the text of this piece is created from a prayer by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and sums up the focus for this event. ‘Help me spread your fragrance wherever I go … shine through me and be so in me that every soul will feel your presence.’”
Ladies of Lee, one of the two groups performing at the benefit concert, is currently celebrating its 45th anniversary.
Under the direction of Dr. Loralee Songer, assistant professor of music at Lee, this exceptional ensemble has a wonderful tradition of music making and continues to be a vibrant part of the musical life at the university. Ladies of Lee has ministered around the world in churches, schools, and concert halls.
Lee University Chorale, conducted by Green, serves the School of Music as the premier ensemble for standard choral music. Chorale has been featured in performances at Carnegie Hall and has traveled as a part of the “Celebration of American Music” in Italy.
While traveling, the ensemble was privileged to perform in many of Italy’s great cathedrals including performances at the Vatican and St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice. This summer they will participate in a choral residency at major cathedrals in Ireland including St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Waterford Cathedral.
The concert is free of charge and open to the public.