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Music Department to Hold Spring Concert April 29

College-Community Chorus, Wilmington College Chorale and Voices in Praise Gospel Choir to Perform

April 18, 2012

The College Chorale performs at the Music Department's Winter Concert in December.

The College Chorale performs at the Music Department's Winter Concert in December.

Wilmington College’s three choral ensembles will perform April 29 at the Music Department’s annual Spring Concert, at 7:30 p.m., in Hugh G. Heiland Theatre.

They include the College-Community Chorus, Wilmington College Chorale and Voices in Praise Gospel Choir.

The College-Community CHorus under the direction of Elizabeth Haskins will open the concert with a program honoring Earth Day.

The Chorus and two smaller ensembles from the group will sing works by John Rutter, Sally K. Albrecht and Jay Althouse, Frank Ticheli, Mark Hayes, Eric Whitacre, Stephen Schwartz and Brian Tate. Vocal soloists are Lori Ann Scott and Steve Milloy.

Ellen Clapp provides the Chorus with piano accompaniment while guest instrumentalists will include Cheryl Bucholtz, Chip Murdock and Abby Williams.

The Wilmington College Chorale, under the interim directorship of Steven Haines, will perform Missa Gaia (Earth Mass), a contemporary ecumenical and ecological mass celebrating the Earth.

Haines said the piece incorporates texts from the traditional Latin mass, the poetry of St. Francis of Assisi and traditional American hymnody.

“The seven-movement Earth Mass is also an exploration of musical styles from several cultures interwoven with the voices of the wolf, the whale and the harp seal,” Haines said, noting that it was originally written for a performance in New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

The mass was composed by Paul Winter and Jim Scott and is “characterized by the lyrical melodies and world rhythms” of the acclaimed Paul Winter Consort, he added.

Featured in the performance will be an ensemble of dancers led by local choreographer Cole Hough, clarinetist Barry Campbell, cellist Candace Stamguts, guitarists Abby Williams and Lynn Beatty, and percussion students from Wilmington High School. Rachel Kramer provides the Chorale with piano accompaniment.

Concluding the concert will be a performance by Voices in Praise Gospel Choir.

The dynamic Voices in Praise Gospel Choir, which is directed and accompanied by Steve Milloy, will open its segment with “Psalm 150” by George D. Pass. “I Won’t Go Back,” by William McDowell and featuring soloist Quatez Scott, will follow, along with Kelsey O’Day and Brianna Burks providing solos for “I Love The Lord” by Richard Smallwood.

VIP will conclude with “In the Sanctuary” by Kurt Carr, a piece that spotlights the talents of worship leaders “Tiny” Terry Wogan and Micah J. Bailey, and soloist Kristin Finkbeiner.