NSU Chamber Choir, Chamber Orchestra to premiere new work on Thursday

The Northwestern State University Chamber Choir and Chamber Orchestra will present the world premiere of composer Richard Burchard’s “Falling Stars” on Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. Director of Choral Activities Nicholaus B. Cummins will be the conductor.

“Falling Stars” was commissioned by Cummins. The work was made possible by the Dan and Lenn Dohmann Prince Endowed Professorship for Choral Music and is dedicated to the memory of Orlando Enrique Gonzalez Trucco. Texts are by Rainer Maria Rilke. Guest artists will be Dr. Malena McLaren on clarinet, Michael Rorex on piano and Dr. Jaymee Haefner of the University of North Texas on harp. The concert will be recorded and will be available as a CD on iTunes. The work will be published by Gentry Publications.

The concert is finale of Burchard’s residency at Northwestern State. While at NSU, Burchard has lectured to Northwestern music students about a career as a composer, working as a professional musician, and how to promote yourself in the music profession. Burchard, a professor emeritus at Bellarmine University, has been published with Hal Leonard, Fred Bock, Colla Voce and Gentry.

Hailed as “one of the most exciting and prominent composers of choral music” from Fanfare Magazine and whose compositions have been praised as “elegant, singable music with a strong spiritual heft” from Choir and Organ, Burchard has established himself among the ranks of renowned choral composers. His works are frequently performed in concert and broadcast across the United States and Europe, featuring an extensive and dynamic catalogue of choral compositions.

ASCAP has recognized Burchard for making significant contributions in the area of concert music and his work has been featured at The National American Choral Directors Association regional and national conferences and National Collegiate Choral Organization National Conference. He has toured Europe numerous times with guest choirs, and his music has been performed in St. Peter’s Basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore (Rome), St. Mark’s (Venice), Casa Verdi (Milan) and the Santa Maria Del Fiore, the Duomo (Florence) and Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.