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WC's Three Choral Groups to Perform at Annual Winter Holiday Concert

Chorale and College-Community Chorus to Combine for Vivaldi's 'Gloria'

November 26, 2012

Members of the College-Community Chorus are pictured from last December's Winter Holiday Concert. This year's event is Sunday (Dec. 2), at 7:30 p.m., in Heiland Theatre.

Members of the College-Community Chorus are pictured from last December's Winter Holiday Concert. This year's event is Sunday (Dec. 2), at 7:30 p.m., in Heiland Theatre.

Wilmington College’s three choral music groups will perform in concert Sunday (Dec. 2), at 7:30 p.m., in Hugh G. Heiland Theatre.

Featured will be the Wilmington College Chorale, College-Community Chorus and Voices in Praise Gospel Choir, the latter of which is directed by Steve Milloy.

The College-Community Chorus, which is directed by Elizabeth Haskins and accompanied on piano by Ellen Clapp, will open the evening with four seasonal selections. The first is a beautiful “Candlelight Carol by John Rutter and followed by the Women’s Ensemble singing Mary Lynn Lightfoot’s gentle “Dona Nobis Pacem.”

Next the Men’s Ensemble will perform a rousing new Christmas spiritual, “Good News” by Jay Althouse. Drummer Chip Murdock will join the chorus as it concludes its portion of the concert with a Kirby Shaw choral jazz arrangement of Frank Loesser’s “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

The Chorale, directed by Catherine Roma will open its program with favorite pieces sung recently at October’s Westheimer Peace Symposium, including “From a Distance,” “True Light” and “Shine one Me.”

“All make reference to our ability to let our lives and our lights shine, ideas that resonate especially at this celebratory and hope-filled time of year, said Roma, professor of music. Will Caudill is soloist in “True Light.”

Then the College-Community Chorus will join the Chorale in the evening’s featured piece, Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, which Roma will conduct.

She explained the “well-loved Baroque choral masterwork” for chorus, soloists, and chamber orchestra is a setting of the Gloria from the “Ordinary of the Mass.” In 12 very short movements, Vivaldi features solos solely for female voices.

“At the time of composing (1715), Vivaldi worked at a school for girls in Venice,” Roma added, noting the instrumental ensemble comprises strings, oboe and trumpet.

Soloists for the Vivaldi piece include Rachel Beck and Susan Dicken on the well-known “Laudamus Te,” Lori Ann Scott singing “Domine Deus,” and Bekah Muchmore singing the “Domine Deus, Agnus Dei” with the chorus and singing solo on “Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris.”