Chorale, Women’s Glee Club Present Mid-winter Concert
The 110 singers of the Alma College Chorale and the Women’s Glee
Club will join forces to present a concert of early American songs from
the sacred Shaker tradition.
The evening of song takes place at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 in the Remick Heritage Center at Alma College. Admission is free and open to the public. No ticket is required.
The program will feature the combined groups performing “A Shaker Worship Service,” compiled and arranged by Salli Terri. The work recreates the music that might have been sung at a church service in the Shaker religious tradition, according to Will Nichols, faculty choir director.
Traditional worship songs have been woven together to make a continuous whole to recreate the feeling of a 19th-century hymn sing. Some of the songs are well-known to modern audiences, such as “Simple Gifts,” “I Will Bow” and “Be Simple,” and others, though new to the listener, will have a familiar feel.
The other half of the concert will feature the Glee Club and Chorale singing independently of each other. The Chorale will sing three songs by American composer Cecil Effinger for chorus and oboe. The Glee Club will sing songs by contemporary American women composers Elizabeth Alexander and Gweneth Walker.
The concert will feature student conductors from the Choral Music Education program. Okemos senior education major Danny Balger is one of the directors.
“This class is the ultimate of everything we’ve been working toward,” Balger said. Also directing will be Benzonia senior Corie Brown, Macomb sophomore Elizabeth Knapp, St. Helen junior Samantha Lyttle and Comstock Park senior Brian Paul.
Posted: Mon, February 5th, 2007 at 8:38AM