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Join Us for a "Grand Night for Singing" on May 1

April 28, 2011

Category: Academics, Events, Music, Students


Celebrate May Day with an early evening of wonderful music by the choral ensembles of Catawba College. Because of the bad weather two weeks ago and the changes in schedule that resulted, the Spring Choral Concert was rescheduled for this Sunday, May 1 at 5:00 p.m. in Keppel Auditorium on campus.    

The program includes the Catawba Singers, Chamber Singers, Men's Chorus, Women's Chorus, and the Catawba Chorale. The wide variety of repertoire models the mission statement of the Music Department. Milton's Paradise Lost will see two very different treatments as it is set to music from Creation by Franz Joseph Haydn and Paradise Lost: Angels & Wings by Eric Whitacre. Haydn's setting represents the best of the 18th century classical style and Whitacre's new setting combines traditional choral sounds with techno-style accompaniment.

Other selections on the program include classical motets, folk songs, several selections from Musical Theatre, and even music of Freddy Mercury and Queen. The music is going to resemble North Carolina weather in the Spring, widely varied with unexpected changes. You will not be bored!    

Soloists include Ginny Weant, soprano; Corey Cellurale, soprano; Jonna Capone, soprano; Jennifer Drake, mezzo-soprano; Amelia Baity, mezzo-soprano; Kristopher Watson, tenor; Michael Stone, tenor; Andrew Taylor, tenor; Bradley Boaz, baritone; Nathan Collins, baritone; Chris Fink, baritone; Blake Tickle, baritone; and Melanie Hudson, french horn. The concert will also include Brent Messenger as a student conductor.    

Dr. Robert Hallquist will accompany on the piano and Stephen Stringer on keyboards. The concert will be conducted by Dennis Jewett and Professor Paul E. Oakley, Artist-in-Residence for Choral Conducting, Associate Professor of Music and College Organist.

The concert is free and open to the public. Come and celebrate May Day in style with beautiful music!  


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