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Tuesday 515 Series to Feature Catawba Chorale and Handbells

October 29, 2004

Category: Events, Music, Students


The public is invited to the third   in the Catawba College Tuesday Music 515 performances for this fall, at 5:15 p.m., Tuesday, November 9, in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus.   The program   will feature music for handbells and choir by such composers as Praetorius, Bach, and Handel.

Catawba’s Handbell Ensemble will be featured on several pieces, including one for handbells with clarinet, played by Dana Revelle ’08. The Chorale will sing two selections alone, then the concert will conclude with a piece for choir and handbells,   "Delight and Rejoice" by Allen Pote.

Members of the Catawba Handbell Ensemble are Mike Bitzer, Joyce Caddell, Noah Cameron, Jared Gordon, Emily Gross, Jayne Hubbard, Chris Myers, Janet Rash, Penny Rice, Libby Towery, and Jean Wurster.   The director of the Catawba Handbells, Karl Kinard, is Music Director Emeritus at St. John’s Lutheran Church, having retired as Director of Music in 1997.   He was the founding director of the Concert Choir of Salisbury, and is presently serving as adjunct instructor in music at Catawba College. He is a native of South Carolina, and has served churches and colleges in Georgia, South Carolina, Ohio, and North Carolina.

The Catawba Chorale, the largest of the choral ensembles at Catawba, includes faculty, staff, students, and community members.   Rosemary Kinard is the director, and Robert Durocher, Jr., is the accompanist. Rosemary Kinard is Director of Choral Music at Catawba College, where she also teaches private voice and is an advisor for the sacred music program.   She is a native of Alabama, and has served churches and colleges in Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She is presently serving as Associate Parish Musician at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Robert J. Durocher, Jr., organist, is the Director of Music Ministries at St. John's Lutheran Church, Salisbury, where he is principal organist for all services, and administers a sacred music program including eleven choirs and ensembles.   He also serves as the accompanist for the Catawba Chorale.

The Tuesday Music 515 Series is sponsored by the Catawba Music Department, with Rosemary Kinard serving as program coordinator.   It is a Concert Series spotlighting area musicians in brief programs on the second Tuesday of the month, beginning at 5:15 p.m. and lasting for approximately 30 minutes.  

Other performances scheduled for the spring include an organ recital by Adam Ward on February 12, 2005; a performance by the Classic Arts Duo: Greg Hall, violin and Joe Gminder, classical guitar on March 15, 2005; and a program of music for brass quintet by the Catawba Brass on April 12, 2005.   All performances are free and open to the public.