Chorale, Glee Club Sing Music from Around the World
The Alma College Chorale and the Women’s Glee Club come together for their winter concert to sing music from around the world. Each group performs a selection of pieces on their own before joining in the finale to sing Franz Schubert’s “Mass in G Major.”
concert takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15 in the Remick
Heritage Center. Admission is free and open to the public. No ticket is
“The concert will feature music from Asia, Europe, South America and North America,” says Will Nichols, director and conductor of the Alma Choirs. “We hope to give audience members a taste of choral styles from around the world.”
The Glee Club will sing three pieces, “Away from the Roll of the Sea,” “La lluvia,” and “Yo Le Canto Todo El Dia,” representing the music of Canada, Ecuador and Venezuela. “La lluvia,” which translates to “The Rain,” is a song from the rainforest with a melody that “ripples like falling waters.”
The 75-member Chorale will sing a compilation of Japanese songs titled “The Jade Flute.” The text for each of the six songs was taken from Japanese poetry set to music by composer Theron Kirk. Joining the choir will be flutist Sarah Schmidtke and percussion soloists David Flair and Joseph Moscheck.
Eaton Rapids junior Erin Allison, Three Rivers junior Geoff Clark and Howell junior Lindsay Kimball will conduct “The Jade Flute.” Nichols explains that each of these students are preparing for careers as public school music teachers.
In the concert’s finale, both choirs with sing Schubert’s “Mass in G Major.” The composition offers soprano, tenor, and bass solos in each of the sections of the Ordinary of the Mass: Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Beneditus and Agnus Dei.
“The simple, beautiful melodies make the Mass in G a perfect gem of a classical mass,” says Nichols.
Posted: Sun, February 8th, 2009 at 8:39AM