Temple College Chorale will perform its Spring Concert, “Make Our Garden Grow,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the Temple College Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center.

The repertoire for this concert is 20th and 21st Century compositions on the theme of nature – roses, lilies and the beautiful earth. Songs will be performed in English, French and Hebrew. The centerpiece of the concert is a set of American composer Morten Lauridsen’s settings of “Les Chansons des Roses.”


Concert highlights include an arrangement of the gospel tune “Lily in the Valley,” a Hebrew piece with a Song of Solomon text, “Erev Shel Shoshanim,” and John Rutter’s arrangement of “For the Beauty of the Earth,” which will be conducted by student-conductor Kaiya Fowler.

“This is a celebration of springtime – not just the literal springtime, but the reopening of concert halls and performance venues,” said director, Dr. Sara Harris Baker. “We, like most musical ensembles, endured two years of limited, in-person rehearsals and performances, and we are celebrating this year’s opportunities to make music together. Most importantly, we have missed our audiences and can’t wait to share our music with them.”

Admission is $5 at the door and benefits students scholarships. Admission for students is free with school ID. Chorale is directed by Dr. Sara Harris Baker. Wayne Bachus is the accompanist.

Chorale is a premiere, auditioned choral ensemble in Central Texas, made up of music students from Temple College and Texas A&M University-Central Texas, alongside community members. Chorale frequently collaborates with Temple Symphony Orchestra as part of the Temple Symphony Chorus. Recent Chorale highlights include a program of American Music in Ireland (Killarney and Kilkenny) with the Austin Community College chorus, a program of Schubert works at Carnegie Hall in New York City and a concert production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame with the Temple College Orchestra. For more information, call the Fine Arts Division office at (254) 298-8555.