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Vocal Groups to Present Weekend Concerts

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Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Westminster College Men’s and Women’s Choirs will present their spring concert, “I Will Sing!” Friday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m.  The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers’ “Love Stories” concert will be given Sunday, April 26, at 3 p.m.  Both programs will be in Wallace Memorial Chapel and are free and open to the public.

Friday’s concert will include works by Basler, Copland, Dawson, Rodgers and Hammerstein and others.  A highlight will be a women’s octet, The Sweet Trebles, singing Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes.”  Members of the group are: Julia Hinson, Chloe Knappenberger, Maria McTighe, Abigail Miles, Rachel Read, Olivia Schmidt, Lauren Thayer and Macaya Yao.

The Men’s Choir features Vijay Singh’s arrangement of “Fergus and Molly” from Celtic Songs, featuring Zach Harper on the recorder.

The combined choirs will close the evening with Morten Lauridsen’s “Sure on This Shining Night” and William Dawson’s arrangement of the spiritual “Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit.”

Conductors are Dr. Samuel Barbara, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, and Edgar Groves with accompaniment by pianists Benjamin Grove and Lauren Thayer.

Sunday’s program will be highlighted by selections from Brahms’ Liebeslieder (Lovesong) Waltzes.  Featured performances will be given by: Kendall Williams, baritone, and Rachel Shussett, soprano, in Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes,” conducted by Thayer; percussionists Krista Edwards, Brad Gibbons, Zach Harper and Scott Webler in Mack Wilberg’s “¡Ah, el novio no quere dinero!;” soprano Emma Schauf in Maurice Duruflé’s “Ubi Caritas; and Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu, assistant professor of music, violin, Travis Ascione, speaker, and Shussett, soprano, in Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs.

The choirs are under the direction of Barbara and accompanied by Grove, Rachel Lemke and guest pianist Dr. Nancy Zipay DeSalvo, associate professor of music.

Contact Barbara at 724-946-7278 or email for additional information.