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Dordt Vocal Concert March 13

March 5, 2007

Vocal Concert

“Choral Music of America and The British Isles” will be presented by four Dordt College Choral ensembles on Tuesday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium.

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 concert choir program includes American composer Charles Ives’ “Sixty-Seventh Psalm;” Randall Thompson’s beloved “Alleluia;” Edward Elgar’s lament for lost love, “My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land;” a playful arrangement of an Irish children’s song, “Tell My Ma When I Go Home” (soloist, Joelle Riezebos); along with a pair of spirituals, “Fix Me, Jesus” (soloist, Kelsi Schuller) and Moses Hogan’s rousing “Elijah Rock.”

The Kantorei brings to the stage the Beatles’ song, “Michelle” (soloist Chris Natelborg), along with the Southern Harmony shape-note tune, “Parting Hand;” a Celtic vocal dance piece, “Mouth Music;” and a vocal arrangement of the theme from “Peter Gunn.”

The Dordt Chorale will feature, “Easter Anthem;” Stephen Foster’s “Nelly Bly;” a contemporary setting of Robert Burns’ poem “Banks of Doon” (violinist Melodie Vanden Born); U2’s homage to Martin Luther King, “MLK” (soloist David Dick); an African-American spiritual, “The Lily of the Valley;” and “If We Ever Needed the Lord Before” (soloist Troy Ellens; John Rutgers, bass), by the father of gospel music, Thomas Dorsey.

The Womens’ Chorus will present an old English air in a madrigal style, “Old Woman and the Peddler” and “The Rose and the Gardner” by Eleanor Daley, a Canadian composer.

All of the choirs will combine to sing Ron Jeffers’ “I Have Had Singing,” and Stephen Hatfield’s arrangement of “Amazing Grace,” featuring piper Cal Henderson.

Admission to this performance is free, with a freewill offering received to benefit music scholarships at Dordt College.

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