In memoriam: composer and conductor Buryl Red, 77

Buryl Red ’61MM, a conductor, producer, and arranger known world-wide as the musical director of The Century Men and composer of the 1972 classic Celebrate Life, died April 1. Red, 77, was born in Little Rock, Ark., and studied at Baylor and Yale Universities.

Described by the Washington Post as “uncommonly creative,” Red’s extensive body of works includes more than 1,600 published compositions and award-winning arrangements. He was the conductor of the Century Men, an auditioned men’s chorus of professional musicians who perform in Baptist churches across the world. Greg Stahl, the executive director of the Century Men, described Red to ABP News as a “true giant” in the world of Baptist church music.

In 1972, Red wrote Celebrate Life, a musical collaboration with book and lyrics author Ragan Courtney, which has become a classic work for Southern Baptist youth choirs. The 1991 song “In Remembrance” is from the musical.

Stahl said, “I wonder if we will ever see another Buryl Red.”

Published April 4, 2013
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Free Lunchtime Chamber Music concerts Apr. 17, May 8

Student string quartet in Morse Recital Hall

The Yale School of Music will present the next Lunchtime Chamber Music concerts of the year on April 17 and May 8, 2013. Both concerts take place on Wednesdays at 12:30 pm.

The midday concerts in this series feature a variety of chamber ensembles, each composed of musicians undertaking graduate study at the Yale School of Music. Faculty violinist Wendy Sharp is the director of the School’s chamber music program.

Lunchtime Chamber Music concerts are free and open to the public; no tickets are required. The concerts take place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College St., New Haven. MORE

Published April 4, 2013
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