Dordt College News

Choral concert March 9

February 23, 2004

Dordt College will host a choral concert on Tuesday, March 9, 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College. The Dordt College Chorale, Kantorei and Women’s Chorus will sing. Women's Chorus

The Chorale, directed by Dr. Ben Kornelis, will present a tour through music history, beginning with the Medieval era "Sumer Is Icumen In," a round over a ground bass that dates from around 1240, and is considered to be the first written polyphonic composition. The Renaissance will be represented by "Mon coeur se recommande a vous," which was long attributed to Roland de Lassus (1532-1594), but recently discovered to have been written in the late 1800s. A choral arrangement of G.F. Handel's (1685-1759) "Awake the Trumpet's Lofty Sound" will represent the Baroque era, and "Lacrymosa," from Mozart's (1756-1791) "Requiem" will be the Classical composition. The eight-voice anthem "Heilig," by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) is the Romantic selection, and "Cry Out and Shout" by the Norwegian composer Knut Nystedt (b. 1915) will represent the Twentieth century. Alicia Mulder is the accompanist for the Chorale.

The Kantorei, also directed by Kornelis, is doing a "sampler" of the types of literature on which they typically focus: music for worship services ("How Can I Keep from Singing?" arranged by Eric Nelson and the anonymous sixteenth century motet "Rejoice In the Lord Alway"), madrigals and partsongs ("Fine Knacks for Ladies" by John Dowland and "The Long Day Closes" by Arthur Sullivan) and vocal jazz ("Chili Con Carne" by Anders Edenroth of the Swedish vocal jazz ensemble "The Real Group").

The Women’s Chorus, directed by Pam De Haan, will sing “This is the Day,” by Gerald T. Smith; “Pie Jesu” by Andrew Lloyd Webber; “Alleluia” by Althouse; and the familiar hymn tune “Beautiful Saviour.”

There is no cost to attend this concert. A freewill offering will be received to benefit music scholarships.

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