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ACMC's 'Songs of Flight' to include premier of new 'Requiem'
QSanAntonio, March 10, 2012

When the Alamo City Men's Chorale presents its upcoming concert 'Songs of Flight,' the performance will include the premier of "Requiem for Eagles," a new choral work composed by the group's artistic director, Dr. David Lingle, who says he created the new opus expressly for male voices and with the particular strengths of ACMC's singers in mind.

"Songs of Flight," the first concert of ACMC's 25th season, will be presented on March 24 and 25 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church. The music on the program is thematically centered around the concept of flight with selections ranging from whimsical songs about butterflies and paper airplanes to the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem, “The Arrow and the Song.”

The highlight of the concert will be Dr. Lingle's "Requiem for Eagles," a work inspired by the spirits of all from whom flight had been taken, both literally and figuratively. Through this work, using the initial imagery of slain eagles, Lingle says the Requiem aspires to hold in memory all those who have bravely lost their lives during our generation.

"Requiem for Eagles" incorporates several elements including the American folk hymn, The Lone Wild Bird, readings of original news articles about slain eagles and recitation of the names of fallen San Antonio soldiers. Lingle says the inspiration for the structure of the work comes from the iconic setting of the Requiem by Gabriel Faure which includes the interjection of English texts in the manner of Benjamin Britten and John Rutter.

Lingle’s background is grounded in choral music with degrees in choral conducting, music theory and composition, and choral and voice. He has taught at schools throughout the Midwest, conducted the Tulsa Community College Choral Festival, Tulsa Philharmonic and the Tulsa Bach Chorale and Orchestra. His composition, "A Service of Light," was presented on the ABC Television Network.

Lingle has been ACMC's artistic director since 2009. He is a native of Northern Wisconsin. Before coming to ACMC, he was artistic director of the Telluride (Colorado) Choral Society.

The Alamo City Men's Chorale gave its first public concert in December 1986. The group’s founder, David Hawley, got the idea of starting a men’s chorale after a visit to Boston where he went to a performance by that city’s gay men’s chorus.

Chorale members at the first concert recall that enthusiasm was high but cash was in short supply. At the time there was not enough money for tuxedo’s so they made all of the cummerbunds and bow ties by hand. Five minutes before the show they realized that none of them knew how to tie a bow tie.

The Alamo City Men's Chorale presents "Songs Of Flight" on Saturday evening, March 24 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, March 25 at 4:00 pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 7150 West Interstate 10 in San Antonio. Call 210-495.7464 or email director@acmc-texas.org for more information.