With diverse music, extensive talent and beautiful atmosphere, the Chorale Annual Spring Concert should not be missed. Come join Chorale in St. John's Chapel on Wednesday, April 16 and Saturday, April 19. Under the direction of Professor of Music and Chorale Director Robert Cowles, the evening will begin at 8 p.m. in St. John's Chapel.
The program will include works by Spanish renaissance composers, as well as Franco-Flemish composer Josquin des Prez. There will also be performances of composers: Orlando Gibbons, Henry Purcell, Johann Michael Bach, Giacomo Carissimi, Edvard Grieg, and Benjamin Britten.
“The program will conclude with several fun arrangements from the Baltic and Scandinavian regions,” explains Cowles.
Chorale offers a little bit of everything, from classical to newly commissioned pieces. “We pretty much cover every period of music; we do a really big variety of songs,” explains Alessandra Moore '08, Chorale vice president. Collin McGregor '08, president of Chorale adds, “We're doing a really cool piece with Emily Dickinson poetry.”
The variety of the performance showcases the vast talent possessed by the group. Chorale sings, “different kinds of music than you're used to and it really flushes out your understanding of this music, especially if you don’t get a lot of exposure to many different kinds of music,” explains Moore.
The chamber of vocal ensemble, Cantori, will also perform at the spring concert. Made up of 22 students, the group will present “Journey,” a newly commissioned work by New York-based composer George Andoniadis.
The concert will be the final performance of Chorale's annual Spring Concert Tour. The group will travel to Hornell, N.Y., Abington, Pa.., and Philadelphia, Pa., prior to their performances in Geneva. This will be the final performance at HWS for seniors Erika Clement, Elizabeth Dingman, Danisha Holcomb, Benjamine Mason, McGregor, Moore, Katharine Sanford, and George Schwartz.
The concert is sponsored by the department of music. Admission is free and open to the public.