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Wed, Dec 13, 2017
8:00pm
Concert Choir and Chamber Singers Spring Concert
(Performing Arts)

The Berea College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, Stephen Bolster conductor, will present their annual spring concerts in Gray Auditorium on Saturday evening, April 16 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoon, April 17 at 3:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend, and there is no charge for admission. Both concerts carry Berea College convocation credit. The choirs will be accompanied by Lindsay Clavere on the piano.

The first half of the program features of two settings of the Roman Catholic Mass, one traditional and one contemporary and local. The concert will open with the Coronation Mass, K. 317 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a work for choir and a student quartet of soloists. That work will be paired with settings of mass movements by Berea College senior music major Myel Byrd, a member of the choir. The first half of the program ends with a group of contemporary compositions about the beauty and enchantment of the night, preceded by Abendlied, a setting by Josef Rheinberger of a prayer for God to be with us through the night until the coming dawn. Following that prayer are Stars, by Latvian composer Eriks Eŝenvelds, accompanied by a set of tuned crystal glasses, Music in the Night, by American composer David Dickau, and Sure on This Shining Night, by American composer Morten Lauridsen.

The second half of the program consists of music from around the world, mostly secular. It opens with a group of folk songs from England, performed by the Chamber Singers. The Concert Choir follows with Desh, an Indian Raga. Next will be the premiere of a piece by Berea musician and composer A. J. Bodnar-a call to peace entitled Invitation, which he will conduct. The program ends with American sacred music, including two African-American spirituals, Wade in the Water and Sweet Home, and the gospel tune Unclouded Day, completing the transformation from the night music of the first half of the program, transformed into the magnificence of a bright, sunny day--darkness into light.

Location: Gray Auditorium, Presser Music Building
Sponsor: Music Program
Contact: Stephen Bolster
E-Mail bolsterst@berea.edu
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