Choral Masterworks: Old and New was the theme of the 2018 Madrigal and Chambers Spring Concert. Nearly 90 singers joined their voices singing a variety of well-crafted choral works.
From Alice Parker’s triumphant arrangement of “Saints Bound for Heaven,” to the hauntingly beautiful “Kyrie” by Stephan Carlson, to the ominous “Vanitas Vanitatum” from Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living, the high-quality repertoire was a delight to the choir members as well as the audience.
“My favorite song was ‘Simple Gifts’ because of its simple yet rugged tune,” reflects senior Colton Lingle, a three-year choir veteran singing in his last choir concert. “I am very much a romantic, and this dreamy, modest little folk song is delightfully charming, but also quite sad,” said sophomore music major Justin Bachmann of his favorite number, “Down by the Sally Gardens.” “It almost made me cry during the concert, and now I listen to it all the time.”
Dr. David Ledgerwood and Dr. David Brown alternated conducting the concert, treating the audience to a wider variety of musical styles and interpretations. For one of the works, Brown played an obbligato on his trombone while Ledgerwood conducted. This was one of the highlights of the concert, as both conductors have many talents besides conducting, and the choir members and audience enjoy seeing them play the instruments they love.
The concert was successful not only musically but also in the friendships that were strengthened during rehearsals. Lingle comments on his choir experience, “I loved the camaraderie this year. I think the choir was more unified this year than any of the other years I have been in choir.” Bachmann adds, “What I loved most about choir was the bonding it created. I get to rehearse with a group of people who share a common goal and build relationships at the same time.”
Written by Makayla Stevenson
View photos from the concert. Listen to excerpts below.