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Dordt choral ensembles to perform Dec. 12

December 4, 2008


Dordt College’s Concert Choir, Chorale, Kantorei, and Women’s Chorus will present a concert Friday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. The program for the evening is a variety of Advent and Christmas music.

The 24-member Kantorei will sing carols in the lobby beginning at 7 p.m., where hot cider will also be served. Before and after the concert the Concert Choir’s CD “Praise to the Lord,” will be available in the lobby for purchase. The sale of CDs and freewill donations for refreshments will be used to defray student cost for the Concert Choir’s May tour to the Netherlands.

Dr. Benjamin Kornelis will conduct the Concert Choir in its performance of Paladihle’s “Benedictus,” featuring soloists Valerie Kroll (Sioux Center) and Cory Warden (Pella). The choir will also perform works by Arvo Pärt, Franz Biebl, Steven Sametz, and Randall Thompson.

Dordt’s Chorale will present “Christmas Day” by Holst, featuring soloists Emily Hageman (Highlands Ranch, CO), Leah Radde (Cologne, MN), Andrew Tacoma (Falmouth, MI), Justin Knutsen (Centerville, SD), and Josh Pearson (Grove City, MN). The chorale will also perform carols from the Ukraine and Spain, and works by Eccard, Sirett, and Ramirez.

The Kantorei’s program for the evening includes Anders Öhrwall's “Gaudete,” and creative arrangements of carols from the 1582 “Piae Cantiones.”

Conductor Pam De Haan will lead the Women’s Chorus in its performance of the processional, “Hodie” from “Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten. The women will also present the gospel song “Mary, Mary Had-a but One Child,” and an arrangement of “The First Noel” with Pachelbel’s “Canon” by Michael Clawson.

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

More than 300 U.S. and international students participate in the music program at Dordt, with opportunities to perform in four choral groups, two orchestras, and three bands. Music scholarships are available to qualified students.

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