WSU Choirs, Orchestra to perform annual Oratorio Concert

Musical selections by Anton Bruckner and John Williams highlight the annual Oratorio Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30 in Miller Concert Hall. The program, featuring Concert Chorale, WSU Choir, Shocker Choir and the WSU Symphony Orchestra, will be led by Mark Laycock.

Composed in 1884, Bruckner’s “Te Deum” is a song of praise featuring an ancient Latin text. Bruckner labored for three years on the piece, eventually completing his sixth and seventh symphonies before finishing the choral work. In the dozen remaining years of Bruckner’s lifetime, the piece received nearly 30 performances.

The program will also include four selections by renowned film composer John Williams: “Flight to Neverland” from Hook, “Call of the Champions” from the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, “Hymn to the Fallen” from Saving Private Ryan and “Duel of the Fates” from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.