Dordt College News

Choral ensembles to perform

November 30, 2010

Dordt College hosts an evening of vocal entertainment filled with Christmas joy and wonder. The college’s four choral ensembles will perform on Friday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium.

The Chorale will perform a Norwegian carol, “How Still He Rests” by Brent Pierce, and “Nunc Dimittis” by Gretchaninoff. The men of the Chorale will sing “Joseph’s Carol” by Giles Swayne, and the women of the Chorale will sing an arrangement of the French carol “Le Sommeil de l’Enfant Jesus.”

The Concert Choir will perform “All My Heart This Night Rejoices” by Z. Randall Stroope, “Salvation Is Created” by Tschesnokoff, the Nigerian carol “Betelehemu,” and “Bogoroditse Devo, Raduysia,” which was originally composed for the Minneapolis-based Rose ensemble by the Belarus émigré Sergey Khvoshchinsky.

The Kantorei will sing an American carol from the “Sacred Harp”, a new setting of “Silent Night” by Swedish composer Fredrik Sixten, and “Born On a New Day” which is a Christmas version of the King’s Singers favorite “You Are the New Day.”

The Women’s Chorus will sing three carols taken from other countries including the old English carol “The Holly and the Ivy” arranged by John Rutter, the Spanish carol “Los Primeros Pastores” written by Nunez, and the well-known Polish carol “Infant Lowly, Infant Holy.”

Finally, the choirs will combine for a spectacular “Gloria” for three choirs and brass composed by Giovanni Gabrieli in 1597, as well as “Personent Hodie” arranged by Lara Hoggard.

The Chorale, Concert Choir, and Kantorei are directed by Dr. Benjamin Kornelis, and the Women’s Chorus is directed by Pam De Haan.

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

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