ADA — Two new works by area composer Victoria Davison, a sacred choral anthem and an adaptation from a beloved poem, will be performed today at the fall concert of the East Central University Chorale and the University Chorus.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1300 E. Beverly, under the direction of Dr. Steven Walker, professor of music. It is open to the public.

Davison wrote the two works especially for the University Chorale.

Her anthem, "Create in Me a Clean Heart, Oh God" is based on Psalm 51:10, which continues with "and renew a right spirit within me." Keyboard accompaniment was written by Rudy Lupinski.

Her second work, "Abou Ben Adhem," is an adaptation of the James Leigh Hunt poem for a capella choir. In the poem, Abou Ben Adhem awakes one night to see an angel writing the names of those who love the Lord in a book of gold. His name is not in the book.

The Chorale also will perform "And So It Goes" by Billy Joel and three works by Morten Lauridsen, "Quando Son Piu Lontan," "Luci Serene E Chiare" and "Se Per Havervi Oime."

The program for the University Women's and Mixed Chorus includes "Lux Aeterna" and "Psalm 23," with flutist Villette Linstead and oboist Joel Foster, both by Z. Randall Stroope, and "Komm, Jesu Komm" by J.S. Bach.

Davison has completed 39 choral works, including anthems for choirs, solo anthems, canons, antiphons, and prayers and blessings. She also has seven works nearing completion, a Christmas anthem with flute, three solo anthems, two solo songs and one love song, all with accompaniment.

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