Tarleton hosts annual Holiday Masterworks Concert


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — The Tarleton State University choral program and Cross Timbers Civic Chorale join the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra to celebrate 40 years of masterworks performances with a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the auditorium of the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center in Stephenville.

Tarleton legend Maestro Herb Teat began the tradition in fall 1980. A widely-respected conductor and past president of the Texas Music Educators Association, Teat inspired Tarleton students and community members alike to become lifelong singers, tackling G.F. Handel’s monumental oratorio Messiah nearly every year.

Dr. Troy D. Robertson, director of Tarleton’s choral program, will conduct more than 100 voices in an inspiring performance of Messiah as well as favorite carols. Selections include Dan Forrest’s rich orchestral arrangement of “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and a fanfare setting of “Make We Joy Now in This Fest,” composed by Robertson.

Dr. Charles Rives, who served as director of choirs for 29 years, will be honored as part of the program and conduct a portion of the concert.

Along with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the concert will showcase Tarleton student soloists Julia Pace, Tori Vilches, Justin Popowski, Jessica Downs and Lená Avila. Travis Lowery, director of music for Stephenville’s First Methodist Church, sings the opening tenor solo.

Admission is $20. Tickets go on sale Monday, Dec. 2, in the box office from 2-6 p.m. weekdays, and will be available on Saturday, Dec. 7, when the box office opens at 6 p.m. For more information, call the box office at 254-968-9634.

For more information on the Cross Timbers Civic Chorale concert schedule or membership, contact CTCC President Cathy Knoll at 254-592-4454 or [email protected] or visit https://crosstimberscivicchorale.weebly.com/.

Tarleton, founding member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven education marked by academic innovation and a dedication to transform today’s scholars into tomorrow’s leaders. It offers degree programs to more than 13,000 students at Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, RELLIS Academic Alliance in Bryan, and online, emphasizing real-world learning experiences that address societal needs while maintaining its core values of tradition, integrity, civility, excellence, leadership and service.

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A founding member of The Texas A&M University System, Tarleton is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of more than 15,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, A&M RELLIS at Bryan and online. True to Tarleton’s values of excellence, integrity, and respect, academic programs emphasize real world learning and address regional, state and national needs.