Temple College Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Sara Harris Baker, will perform Freedom ... Temple College Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Sara Harris Baker, will perform "Freedom Songs" April 11. (Photo by Steve Lemmons, Temple College)

The Temple College Chorale will perform its spring concert “Freedom Songs” at 7:30 p.m. April 11 in the Mary Alice Performing Arts Center.

The concert will feature songs inspired by freedom fighters from throughout the world, said Dr. Sara Harris Baker, Chorale director and Temple College’s Fine Arts Division Director.

Poster art for Freedom Songs, the spring concert of the Temple College Chorale.

“After our all-Mozart fall semester, it seemed like a good time for Chorale to explore more contemporary composers and to bring in some of the ways that singing has been relevant in bringing change and peace to various parts of the world,” Baker said. “The act of singing together bonds people together under a common goal, much like the calls for revolution.”

Chorale will perform:

  • Randall Thompson’s “Testament of Freedom,” the lyrics of which are the writings of Thomas Jefferson
  • “Stand Up” from the movie Harriet, about the life of Harriet Tubman
  • “Ani Ma’amin,” a Hebrew song sung by prisoners in concentration camps during World War II
  • “Tshosholoza” from South Africa, sung by those opposing Apartheid
  • “Myr Zaraz,” a song in Ukrainian calling for peace
  • “Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down,” a traditional spiritual from the southern United States
  • “Do You Hear the People Sing” from Les Miserables, the anthem of the French revolutionaries

Tickets are free for students, $5 for general admission.

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 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.


Temple College is “Your Community’s College, a dynamic and growing community college that equips thousands of students throughout Central Texas and beyond with the knowledge and skills for 21st-century success. Temple College offers more than 75 degree and certificate programs to students who seek to earn credits for transfer, graduate with an associate degree, or complete a certificate for fast entry into the workforce.

Founded in 1926, Temple College has enjoyed an excellent academic reputation for 97 years. It is nationally recognized for excellence in its programs, from visual and performing arts to competitive athletics. The College has become one of the state’s premiere institutions for health care providers’ education and training, advanced manufacturing, and workforce development programs. The faculty and staff are committed to providing exceptional quality instruction.