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‘Come, Dance!’ May Inspire the Audience

Colleges Community Chorus to perform fall concert

(Nov. 30, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.—The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Community Chorus will have the audience clapping their hands and tapping their feet at the fall concert titled “Come, Dance!” at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at St. John's Chapel on the Colleges' campus. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

“The connection between singing and dancing is as old as music itself, and this concert presents music inspired by the dance,” says Eastman School of Music doctoral fellow Mark Bartel.

He will lead the choir and accompanist Meg Heaton in music in folk, classical and jazz styles. Highlights will include “Polovtsian Dances” by Alexander Borodin, and selections from “New Love Songs” by Johannes Brahms, with soloists Chris Wertman, Elizabeth Tomasino, Craig Folette, Tom McClure and Murray Heaton. “Pavane” by Gabriel Fauré, “Six Balletti, Set 1” by Giovanni Gastoldi, “Domaredansen” by Bengt Hallberg, “Stomp Your Foot” by Aaron Copland and “I Got Rhythm” by George and Ira Gershwin will round out the program.

Special guest pianist Hilda Collins will join Meg Heaton to perform excerpts from Antonin Dvorák's Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, and Samuel Barber's Souvenirs Ballet Suite, Op. 28.

Bartel is a baritone who has been a member of several top Canadian chamber choirs. He has been on the faculty of Canadian Mennonite University and has conducted choirs at the University of Western Ontario. The recipient of several Canada Council for the Arts awards in conducting, Bartel holds master's degrees in music and sacred music from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

The 50-voice Colleges Community Chorus performs works from a wide range of eras and styles. The group is comprised of students, faculty and staff at Hobart and William Smith and members of the surrounding community. New singers are welcome to join the choir for the April 27 performance of Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass. Contact Bartel at (585) 454-0084 or mbartel@mail.rochester.edu for more information.