Choral performance to honor late music professor

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    The TCU School of Music will honor the memory of Choral Professor Ron Shirey with a performance at Bass Performance Hall in downtown Fort Worth on Nov. 1, the one-year anniversary of his passing.

    Shirey established the Fort Worth-Texas Christian University Symphonic Choir, which performed at Carnegie Hall in New York on six different occasions during his 33 years at the university, according to a Fort Worth Star-Telegram obituary.

    The performance will commemorate Shirey in more ways than one. Assistant Director of the School of Music Paul Cortese said the Fort Worth-TCU Symphonic Choir and TCU Symphony Orchestra will perform Brahms’ “A German Requiem,” one of Shirey’s favorite pieces because of its difficulty.

    “The fact that they’ve selected this piece as the piece to pay tribute to him is a testament to his drive for the students and how hard he pushed everybody,” Cortese said. “He knew that the students could achieve an excellent performance with a piece like this.”

    This will not be the first time the Fort Worth-TCU Symphonic Choir and TCU Symphony Orchestra have performed at Bass Hall. Cortese said Shirey conducted the two groups there in a performance several years ago.

    Part of the tribute will be returning to the same place where Shirey conducted.

    The university choir will be accompanied by select alumni and members of the University Christian Church choir, for which Shirey was also the choral director, Cortese said.

    “He is known not only here at TCU, but also in the community,” Cortese said. “If you’re involved in the choral world, you know the name Ron Shirey.”

    The TCU School of Music expects a sold-out crowd, Cortese said. The program’s last two performances at Bass Hall were sold-out events. This year will be the first time they will charge non-university attendants.

    Ticket proceeds will benefit the Ronald L. Shirey Choral Fund.

    Memorial Concert for Professor Ronald L. Shirey

    When: Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.

    Where: Bass Performance Hall, downtown Fort Worth

    Admission: $20 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Free for students with TCU ID.

    For more ticket and event information visit basshall.com or music.tcu.edu/shirey.asp.