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Vocal concert at Dordt April 27

April 20, 2006

Four Dordt College Choral ensembles will present a spring concert at the B.J. Haan Auditorium, Dordt College, on Thursday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. Sharing the stage will be the Dordt College Concert Choir, Chorale, Kantorei and Women’s Chorus, with a massed choir concluding the program. The Women’s Chorus is directed by Pam De Haan, while the other ensembles are directed by Dr. Benjamin Kornelis.

The Dordt College Chorale will present the Swedish folk hymn “Song of Summer” featuring Andrea LeMahieu on the flute; “Prayer Before Sleep” (a setting of a text from the Talmud), and “Wade in de Water,” by Iowa composer Alan Koepke.

Dordt’s Concert Choir will present three selections from “West Side Story,” with the men singing “Maria,” the women singing “I Feel Pretty,” and together singing, “Somewhere.”

Dordt students Kelly Hanenburg and Amanda Vander Plaats will direct a pair of Kantorei songs, with Dr. Benjamin Kornelis directing the group in an Italian madrigal, an American folk song, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi’s goofy but challenging “El Hambo”; and the Beatles’ arrangement of “In My Life.”

The Women’s Chorus is performing “Three Love Songs” by Brahms and an ancient Japanese song that replicates gagaku music of the imperial court of China dating to the Tang Dynasty. In this composition based on Acts 2, John Herman uses 12 gong strikes to symbolize the twelve disciples and whole tone scales to symbolize speaking in tongues.

The massed choir will reprise the massed choir selection sung at the April high school choral festival, “Sing to the Lord” (American folk hymn arranged by Alice Parker), “Donde Hay” (a setting of a Spanish proverb), “Paratum cor ejus” (by Antonio Vivaldi), René Clausen's “Set Me as a Seal,” and “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” (with organ and brass ensemble accompaniment).

This concert is free, with a freewill offering received to benefit music scholarships at Dordt College.

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