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Love Songs, ‘Gloria’ Highlight Choral Concert

“I am most looking forward to singing ‘Te Quiero.’ We have a lot of pretty songs, but the translation of ‘Te Quiero’ is so beautiful, and singing in Spanish is a lot of fun.” — Aleia McKessy

The Alma College Chorale and Glee Club will join together to perform a Valentine’s Day concert of love songs as well as one of the most famous choral works of the Baroque period — Antonia Vivaldi’s “Gloria.”

The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 in the Remick Heritage Center at Alma College. Admission is free and open to the public.

Vivaldi’s “Gloria” has become one of the most-performed settings of the famous text from the Catholic Mass, says Will Nichols, choral director. Following intermission, the program will feature a variety of love songs in different languages.

Will NicholsWill Nichols“I am most looking forward to singing ‘Te Quiero’ during this concert,” says Chorale member Aleia McKessy, Charlotte senior. “We have a lot of pretty songs, but the translation of ‘Te Quiero’ is so beautiful, and singing in Spanish is a lot of fun.”

Other songs on the program include “Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One” based on text from Song of Solomon, “Moon Song” by Eugene Butler, “Soon It’s Gonna Rain” from “The Fantasticks” and “Riddle Song,” arranged by John Rutter.

The Women’s Glee Club, the first ensemble in Alma’s choral program, consists of about 40 voices, while the 75-voice College Chorale provides singers with the chance to rehearse and perform great choral music from around the world.

Story published on February 05, 2015