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Catawba College to present "Choral Day 2010"

September 27, 2010

Category: Events, Music


The resonant halls of Catawba College's Omwake-Dearborn Chapel will be overflowing with sound on Sunday, October 3, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. as the college presents its second annual Choral Day Concert. The concert will feature all of the school's choral ensembles (more than 130 voices) in their debut concert of the new academic year.

The Catawba Singers"It feels like an artist must feel when they get to unveil a new piece of art for the community," says Professor Paul E. Oakley, Catawba's Artist-in-Residence in Music, Associate Professor of Music and College Organist. "This is the first time that members of the Greater Salisbury-Rowan community will hear this year's ensembles. Additionally, we are premiering two new auditioned ensembles that have never existed at Catawba College. Because of the large number of interested singers attending Catawba College we have had to add an auditioned Men's Chorus and an auditioned Women's Chorus to the schedule of choirs. It is so very exciting!"

Dennis Jewett, a member of the voice and choral faculties at Catawba, will conduct the new Women's Chorus and Dennis Reed will conduct the Gospel Choir. Reed is an outstanding alumnus of Catawba and is the Music Department's Young Artist-in-Residence. Professor Oakley will conduct the Catawba Singers and Chamber Singers (the college's premier touring choirs), the Catawba Chorale (symphonic chorus) and the new Men's Chorus. Dr. Robert Hallquist, of the Catawba music faculty, and Stephen Stringer, Catawba's Keyboard Scholar will provide piano accompaniment. As is typical of Catawba College's musical programs, the repertoire will be vastly diverse with music from many time periods with widely varying styles. The concert will include unaccompanied motets, art songs, hymn settings and gospel songs.

Friends of Catawba MusicSingers from high school choirs all around the Salisbury-Rowan region will be singing two selections with the massed choirs. They will join the choirs for Oakley's own composition, "We Are One Voice," and for a rousing setting of the hymn "Amazing Grace" arranged with many surprises by Mack Wilberg, the conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. As with most choral concerts at Catawba, members of the community will want to come early to get a choice seat. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 per person to assist with the costs of the concert, but all are welcome and no one will be turned away.


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