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Troika Concert features three Dordt ensembles

April 14, 2005

The Dordt College Jazz Band, Women’s Chorus and Kantorei vocal ensemble will present a concert on Friday, April 29, in the B.J. Haan Auditorium, Sioux Center. The Troika (a Russian derived word referring to a group of three) performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

The Women’s Chorus, under the direction of Pam De Haan, will feature a trio of sacred selections, including “If With All Your Hearts” from the “Elijah” by Mendelssohn; a version of the praise song “Breathe” with added cello, viola and percussion; and an upbeat song of praise “Choral Flourish.” Their program also includes “Under My Command,” a charming song based on a poem about a young boy’s make-believe world and the dreaded bath time; and “When I Hear Music” by Michael Martin. Troika

The Dordt College Jazz Band, directed by Norman Gaines, will pick up the tempo with “Hit and Run” and “Panic Button, both arranged by Larry Barton. The jazz program also includes “Limehouse Blues,” arranged by Philip Braham; “I'll Never Smile Again/Dream Medley” by Mike Carubia, and “How High the Moon,” arranged by Morgan Lewis.

Rounding out the program, the Dordt College Kantorei, directed by Dr. Benjamin Kornelis, will sing Tallis’ “If Ye Love Me,” under the direction of senior choral music education major Daniel Zylstra. The Kantorei program also includes a Gregg Smith arrangement of an American folk hymn, “Jerusalem”; a new arrangement of “Jesus Loves Me”; a Welsh springtime carol, “Now April Has Come,” and a madrigal, “Hard By a Fountain,” by the Flemish Renaissance composer Hubert Waelrant. The Kantorei will conclude with two vocal jazz arrangements, “Skylark” and “Over the Rainbow.”

Added to the program by popular demand is a guest ensemble, a new student-organized Dordt Men’s Glee Club, co-directed by Daniel Zylstra (Lansing, Ill.); and Wilbert Talen (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island). The male voices will sing the 18th Century German melody “Gaudeamus”; “Soon-ah Will Be Done” (William L. Dawson); “Coney Island Baby/ We All Fall” (arr. by Joe Liles); and “Brothers, Sing On” (Edvard Grieg).

The concert is free, with a freewill offering being received to benefit music scholarships at Dordt College, where more than 300 U.S. and international students participate in music ensembles each year.

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