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Dordt College presents final concerts of the academic year

April 22, 2013

The Dordt College Department of Music invites the community to attend the final concerts of the academic year. The Instrumental Ensembles Concert will be held on Friday, May 3, and the Choral Ensembles Concert will be held on Saturday, May 4. Both concerts will be held in the B.J. Haan Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

Instrumental groups performing on Friday include the Campus-Community Band, Chamber Orchestra, and Concert Band. All groups are under the direction of Bradley Miedema.

The Campus-Community Band will perform works by Van der Roost, Daehn, Lecuona, as well as a setting of Loch Lomond by Frank Ticheli.

Chamber Orchestra will perform works by J.C. Bach, Elgar, and Satie, as well as Souvenir d’Amerique by Henri Vieuxtemps, which features junior violinist Joelle Lieuwen from Lethbridge, Alberta.

The Concert Band will perform works by Gorb, Paulson, and Knox, as well as the powerhouse piece Fanfare and Allegro by Clifton Williams.

On Saturday, choral groups including Bella Voce, Kantorei, Chorale, and Concert Choir will perform under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Kornelis.

Bella Voce will perform an arrangement of Ah, Holy Jesus with cello accompaniment, a set of three lullabies including a recent setting of a poem left with a child at London’s Foundling Hospital, and an arrangement of the classic American standard At Last.

Kantorei will sing music by Byrd, Monteverdi, and Rutter, as well as vocal jazz arrangements of Mac Huff and Kirby Shaw.

Chorale will perform settings of texts from Song of Solomon by Gjeilo and Clausen, spirituals arranged by Hairston and Hogan, a Russian setting of The Lord’s Prayer by Kedrov, and a dramatic Greek folk song Dance of the Zálongo with Bella Voce.

Concert Choir will perform Handel’s Let Thy Hand be Strengthened written for the coronation of King George II in 1727, Steven Sametz’ setting of the Venetian folksong La Villanella, and Eric Whitacre’s setting of e.e. cummings’ poem Little Man in a Hurry. The women will sing the Bulgarian folksong Ergen Deda, and the men will sing a medley of American cowboy songs.

All choirs will combine to conclude the evening with Mack Wilberg’s arrangement of Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.

Dordt College has approximately 300 students participating in the music program, with opportunities to perform in four choral groups, two orchestras, and three bands. Music scholarships are available to qualified students.

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