Tulsa Oratorio Chorus Presents "Hodie" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – On today's program, we hear from Tim Sharp, the Artistic Director of Tulsa Oratorio Chorus (or TOC) and the Executive Director of the OKC-based American Choral Directors Association. The TOC will soon perform --- on Sunday the 5th, at 2:30pm, at the First Baptist Church in downtown Tulsa --- the magnificent Ralph Vaughan Williams piece known as "Hodie." A vast work of remarkable stylistic diversity that approaches the Christmas story from several of different musical styles (and/or moods), "Hodie" (Latin for "This Day") also draws on poetic texts ranging in origin from the 17th to the 20th centuries --- along with the King James Bible, of course. Also on the bill is Vaughan Williams' "Serenade to Music," which will feature the newly-created Chamber Chorus of the TOC in a piece stemming from Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice." As Sharp tells us on today's StudioTulsa, "Hodie" actually combines a children's choir, an orchestra, key solo performers, and a full chorus to tell the nativity story --- and therefore the TOC will join forces at this concert with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra as well as members of the Tulsa Childrens Chorus, the Tulsa Boy Singers, and various soloists. It promises to be quite a show. For more information, visit https://www.toconline.org.