Dordt College News

Dordt College bands, orchestra, and choral ensembles to perform

October 10, 2011

The B.J. Haan Auditorium will be filled with the music of Dordt College choirs, bands, and orchestra for the annual Fall Music Festival, Friday, October 21. The concert begins at 7 p.m.

Instrumental performances include the Campus-Community Band, Chamber Orchestra, and Concert Band, all conducted by Bradley Miedema.

The Campus-Community Band, consisting of college and community musicians, will perform works by Purcell and Milburn, as well Henry Fillmore’s classic “His Honor March.” The Chamber Orchestra will share pieces by Byrd, Penderecki, and a rollicking arrangement of “Funiculi-Funicula” by Ian Edlund. Concert Band will perform pieces by Shostakovich, Strauss, and the powerful composition of John Mackey’s, “Xerxes.”

Vocal ensembles performing include those directed by Dr. Benjamin Kornelis: Bella Voce Women’s Chorus, Chorale, and Concert Choir, as well as the Kantorei, directed by Randy Ewing.

Bella Voce Women’s Chorus will sing a setting of a text by former slave Sojourner Truth, “And Ain’t I a Woman?” Chorale will perform Mozart’s “Ave Verum Corpus” as well as works by Leek, Courtney, and Hampton. Concert Choir will sing Parry’s anthem, “I was glad when they said unto me,” and pieces by Elgar, Bergsma, and a Georgian drum dance. Kantorei will sing works by Hoviland, Viadana, and Rossini. The choirs will combine in singing “Nearer, My God, to Thee,” and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune.”

The concert takes place during Dordt College’s Parents Weekend October 21 and 22.

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

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