MOUNT VERNON — Collegians Chorale of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, directed by Dr. Robert Tocheff, will present a Spring Concert today at 8 p.m., in the R.R. Hodges Chapel Auditorium on the MVNU campus.
Collegians Chorale has an active performance schedule including church tours throughout the tri-state area of Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky, an appearance at the Ohio Music Education Association annual conference, and several European tours. Last fall, they performed the National Anthem at a Cleveland Indians home game and are always an integral part of the MVNU Choral Union’s annual presentation of Handel’s “Messiah.”
For this concert the choir will present several selections from their recent tour, including Handel’s “Sing Unto God,” an island flavor arrangement of “Ode To Joy”; Fettke’s classic “The Majesty and Glory of Your Nam”; the Sacred Harp tune and lyric “The Morning Trumpet”; “Witness,” arranged by Dandridge; the familiar “Ezekiel Saw de Wheel,” arranged by Dawson; “I Will Give Thanks”; and the moving lyrics of “I Then Shall Live” set to the Finlandia tune, featuring a male quartet with the choir. Collegians Chorale is pleased to have the MVNU Chamber Winds, directed by Dr. John Packard, to accompany on several pieces.
The featured selection of the evening is Eric Whitacre’s award-winning composition “Cloudburst.” Sung in Spanish, this poem by Octavio Paz is a celebration of the unleashed kinetic energy of a cloudburst. Dissonant harmonies, handbells, hand and body sound effects, and percussion take the listener and viewer on a journey of an emerging and active cloudburst, portraying the power of water and the profundity of rebirth.
The concert closes with the favorite “Jabberwocky,” by Sam Pottle, with words from “The Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll: “O Frabjous Day, Calloo Callay! Ta-da!”
Published on May 1, 2012