Accompanied by the sounds of an Irish whistle, fiddle, and bagpipes, Hardin-Simmons University's Concert Choir and Chorale joined singer/songwriters Keith and Kristyn Getty in performing for an audience of over 1000 during the Hymns for Christian Life concert in Behrens Auditorium on Tuesday, September 16.
As the internationally-known duo offered songs from their deep reservoir of original hymns, HSU choirs provided a backdrop of rich harmonies designed to make the worship-oriented concert even more enjoyable.
"It was a real treat for our students to have the opportunity to work with the Gettys and to be a part of such a profound musical experience," said Robert Tucker, dean of the College of Fine Arts and emcee of the evening's events.
While the Gettys offered a unique perspective for students and others on the theological and aesthetic underpinnings of hymnody during educational events earlier in the day, it was the ability to participate in the concert that was memorable for many HSU choir members.
"Working with Keith and Kristyn was such a great experience," said Sarah Baker, sophomore Elementary Education major and HSU Concert Choir member from Amarillo
For Crystal McKinnie, sophomore English major and Concert Choir member from Mesquite, the experience it was an opportunity to see how major productions come together.
"It was fascinating to see the behind-the-scenes moments," said McKinnie. "It was grueling work, but once we met Keith and Kristyn, it was an outright thrill to sing with them."
According to Tucker, the opportunity to host the Gettys at HSU was possible in large part because of a special gift from the Estate of Jane Brown. The Getty concert was one of many major campus events and concerts held during the past few years in which HSU students have had the opportunity to perform with notable musicians and bands.
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