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2023 Spring Masterworks Concert

LeTourneau University’s 2023 Spring Masterworks Concert, featuring music of Mozart, Ravel, and Fauré, will be held in the beautiful and resonant space of Trinity Episcopal Church, Longview on Monday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m.  Dr. Jim Taylor, Director of Fine Arts at LeTourneau, will direct the LeTourneau Singers and the Longview Civic Chorus and orchestra, as well as Leigh Latchford, soprano, Kimberly LaGraff, alto, Jon Starling, tenor, and Scott LaGraff, vocal soloists.  Mozart’s Missa brevis in F Major, K. 275, written by the young genius at age 21, and Impressionist children’s pieces originally written for piano and later orchestrated—selections from Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and Fauré’s Dolly Suite—will be presented.

Two modern pieces by living composers are also on the program.  Dreamweaver, a cantata for piano and strings by Ola Gielo, is based on parts of the well-known Norwegian medieval folk poem Draumkvedet, an epic ballad that has much in common with Dante’s The Divine Comedy.  Cambridge Songs Suite No. 1 is Dr. Taylor’s first suite on a collection of poems from an 11th century manuscript housed at the Cambridge University Library since the 17th century.  This summer he will lead a group of LeTourneau students and adults from across the country in a performance of this piece at Carnegie Hall on June 18 with mass choir and orchestra.

Please consider becoming a sponsor of this magnificent concert, as our tradition is to offer it free of charge so that all can attend. A concert of this scope and magnitude is important for East Texas in several ways: it glorifies God by bringing artistic beauty to the city of Longview; it is a delight to all who wish to come—and without a ticket charge; it is good for the university, expanding its excellence beyond aviation and engineering into the arts; it provides work to our local musicians; and it gives significant training and experience for you students and community singers. You can simply make a tax-deductible donation of any size, or you can choose to be a sponsor of a specific musician.  Each instrumentalist or singer receives an honorarium of roughly $200 (depending on travel expenses).  To sponsor a musician, indicate which instrumentalist(s) you wish to support in the comments section of the form below. Names of sponsors along with the instrument(s) sponsored will be included in the concert program unless you choose to remain anonymous.

For more information contact Dr. Taylor at (903) 233-3379 or


Available Sponsorships:

Flute 1, Flute 2, Oboe 1, English horn, Clarinet 1, Clarinet 2, Bassoon 1, Bassoon 2, French horn 1, French horn 2, Timpani, Percussion, Organ and Piano, Harp, Violin 1-1, Violin 1-2, Violin 1-3, Violin 1-4, Violin 2-1, Violin 2-2, Violin 2-3, Viola 1, Viola 2, Viola 3, Violoncello 1, Violoncello 2, Violoncello 3, Contrabass 1, Contrabass 2, Soprano soloist, Alto soloist, Tenor soloist, Bass soloist,

Note: Gifts must be received prior to Wednesday, April 19 to be recognized in the concert program.

Masterworks 2023 Poster