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College to Present Winter Holiday Choral Concert Dec. 5

Three Choral Groups to Perform

November 24, 2010

(ABOVE) The College Chorale performs at the Spring Concert in April and (BELOW) the College-Community Chorus enjoys a combination of College students and members of the greater Wilmington community.

(ABOVE) The College Chorale performs at the Spring Concert in April and (BELOW) the College-Community Chorus enjoys a combination of College students and members of the greater Wilmington community.

The College Chorale, College-Community Chorus and VIP Gospel Choir will perform at Wilmington College’s annual Winter Holiday Choral Concert Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m., in Hugh G. Heiland Theatre.

The Sunday evening event is free of charge.

The College Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Catherine Roma, professor of music, will open the program with several numbers utilizing a variety of choral styles, including seasonal favorites by Alfred Burt and Irving Berlin.

“We will present three pieces sung at the Westheimer Peace Symposium because peace fits every season,” Roma said. “In gratitude for the gift of light and love during the holidays, Chorale will sing ‘Thankful’ to conclude the trilogy of Westheimer pieces.”

Soloists include Rebekah Muchmore, Katie Bonk and Katie Watson. Rachel Kramer, adjunct instructor, will provide piano accompaniment for the Chorale.

Roma noted that many listeners might be familiar with the Alfred Burt series of carols (“Caroling, Caroling Now We Go,” “Some Children See Him”and “Star Carol”).

“Both Chorale and the College-Community Chorus will sing these holiday treasures,” she added, noting she will share directing duties with College-Community Chorus director Elizabeth Haskins, assistant professor of music.

“We are delighted to perform the work of Alfred Burt’s granddaughter Abbie Betinis, who, just like her grandfather, writes a Christmas card in the form of a carol each year,” Roma said. “We’ll sing her beautiful work called ‘He Might Have Come on Clouds of Heaven.’”

The groups also will celebrate the music of other women composers. A favorite of Haskins and Roma is composer Rosephanye Powell.

“Both groups will sing her welcome song, “Sorida,” with percussion a-plenty,” Roma noted. “Also Elizabeth Haskins has penned a composition just for this occasion called ‘What Shall I Give to the Child.’”

Soloists for the Haskins piece are Lori Ann Scott and Andi Bell.

Following the combined choirs’ presentation, the College-Community Chorus and members of smaller ensembles, directed by Elizabeth Haskins and accompanied by Ellen Clapp, will present a group of holiday pieces, including “Christmas Night” by John Rutter, with soloists Terri Valentine and Debbie Hess, and four Alfred Burt carols, as well as “La Anunciacion” from Navidad Nuestra by Argentine composer Ariel Ramirez.

Musical guests for the Ramirez work are soprano Gina Beck, baritone Steven Haines and guitarist Abby Williams.

The concert will conclude with the VIP Gospel Choir under the direction of Steve Milloy. They will sing holiday favorites, including “Angels We Have Heard on High,” the gospel piece “I Was Glad” and a work by Milloy titled “This Holiday.”

“Join us as we sing to celebrate the joy, light and love of the season, Gloria in Excelsis Deo, and on earth peace to all,” Roma said.