College's Choral Groups to Present Spring Concert

College Chorale, College-Community Chorus and VIP Gospel Choir to Perform May 5

April 26, 2013

Members of the Wilmington College Chorale perform at the Winter Holiday Concert in December.

Members of the Wilmington College Chorale perform at the Winter Holiday Concert in December.

Wilmington College’s three vocal music groups will perform in concert May 5, at 7:30 p.m., in Hugh G. Heiland Theatre.

The annual Spring Concert will feature the Wilmington College Chorale, conducted by Catherine Roma, the College-Community Chorus under the direction of Elizabeth Haskins, and Voices in Praise gospel choir, which is directed and accompanied by Steve Milloy.

The concert is free of charge.

The evening’s program, titled “It's All About Love (and Our Relationships),” will feature music from a variety of musical genres all based on the theme of love.

“We celebrate the very different relationships and messages of love as we travel through life’s journey together,” Roma said, noting the her group will primarily feature pop music and musical theatre. “Chorale will weave the story of our connected lives and we recognize that it’s all about love.”

Two graduating seniors, Susan Dicken and Jesse Ingels, are featured soloists on “For Good.” Other featured soloists include junior Bekah Muchmore on “Can You Hear,” which opens with a soprano trio with graduating senior Amanda Wilcher, junior Katie Watson and freshman Kala Fox. Junior David Woolever solos in the iconic Beatles tune, “In My Life.”

The Chorale will balance its program with “Children Will Listen,” “I Hope You Dance” and “Requiem,” the latter of which is dedicated to victims of natural disasters.

Rachel Kramer provides the Chorale with piano accompaniment.

The College-Community Chorus and its men’s and women’s ensembles, accompanied by Ellen Clapp, will present a variety of choral and small ensemble repertoire including “Seasons of Love” from Rent by Jonathan Larson, “This Marriage” by Eric Whitacre and “Blue Moon,” arranged by Robert J. Haskins.

Other numbers include “The Lord is My Shepherd” by Howard Goodall, “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” by George Gershwin, “The Prayer” by Carole Bayer Sager and “What the World Needs Now Is Love” by Burt Bacharach.

Featured soloists are Andi Bell, Terri Valentine and Debbie Hess.

Also, the College Chorale and College-Community Chorus will combine forces to sing “We Rise Again” featuring soprano soloist Katie Watson.