| Berea College Concert Choir Spring Concert, April 10
The Berea College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers annual spring concert will be performed on Sunday, April 10, at 3 p.m. The concert will be held in Gray Auditorium in Presser Music Building on Berea’s campus.
The choral concert, directed by Dr. Stephen Bolster, professor of music, will be accompanied by Ryan Shirar on piano and organ. The event is free and open to the public.
The first half of the concert consists of sacred music from around the world, culminating in a group of pieces particularly appropriate for the season of Lent. Selections include a setting of “Psalm 23” by American composer Paul Basler, a setting of the Kyrie mass text by Lithuanian composer Vytautas Miskinis, “Ave Maria’s” by composers Tomas Luis de Victoria and R. Nathaniel Dett, Lenten motets by French composer Francis Poulenc, a setting of a medieval allegory about death and resurrection by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, and American Gilbert M. Martin’s glorious setting of Isaac Watt’s famous hymn “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”
Karin Sehmann, professor of music at Eastern Kentucky University, will be the featured French horn soloist in “Psalm 23.”
The second half of the concert opens with Austalian Sarah Hopkins’ “Past Life Melodies,” based on open-throat chant singing common in the Eastern European folk tradition and African and Aboriginal cultures. The piece features harmonic overtone singing with roots in Mongolia and Tibet. The concert concludes with three pieces from the African-American tradition—an anthem called “O Praise the Lord” by Adolphus Hailstork, an uplifting gospel blues piece, “John the Revelator,” and a powerful spiritual “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord” arranged by Moses Hogan.
Other upcoming events at Berea College include:
* April 7: Grammy Award-winning musician, Kathy Mattea, will present a convocation titled “My Coal Journey” at 3 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Auditorium
* April 7, 8 and 9: Modern Dance: Kinetic Expressions '11 at 8 p.m. in Seabury Arena
* April 8, 9 and 13-16: Berea College Theatre presents the play “The Children's Hour” at 8 p.m. in McGaw Theatre
* April 12: Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds & Jazz Ensemble concert at 7 p.m. in Gray Auditorium