Coe College Chorale to feature sacred selections and the music of Richard Rodgers at spring concert

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2010-04-06 13:58:08 - General

A wide variety of music including sacred selections and the music of famed American musical composer Richard Rodgers will be performed by the Coe College Chorale during the group's spring concert. Special featured guest group will be the Chancel Choir from Westminster Presbyterian Church of Cedar Rapids. The event will be held on Tuesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m., in Sinclair Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Both choirs are directed by Coe Music Professor Richard Hoffman, with the Coe Chorale accompanied by Brett Wolgast and the Westminster Chancel Choir accompanied by Marilyn Lodge. In addition, various soloists will be featured throughout the evening, with a special orchestra providing instrumental accompaniment for the concert.

To open the concert, a variety of religious music will be performed by the Chorale, including "Gloria" by Antonio Vivaldi and "Agnus Dei" by Ron Kean, as well as "And This Shall Be For Music" by Mary Lynn Lightfoot.

The Westminster Chancel Choir will sing "The Lord is My Shepherd" based on Psalm 23 by Howard Goodall, followed by "Requiem" by Eliza Gilkyson, arranged by Craig Hella Johnson. The Chancel Choir will conclude its portion of the program with "Hymn of Gladness" by Craig Courtney. The Coe Chorale then returns to the stage for "She Walks in Beauty" by Simon Mold and "Laughing Song" by John Helgen.

Following intermission, the Coe Chorale will perform "With a Song in My Heart: The Music of Richard Rodgers," arranged by Mac Huff. The five sections include melodies of more than 20 numbers celebrating Rodgers' legendary musical career. With themes ranging from love to dancing, the songs from famous Broadway musicals such as "Oklahoma" and "The Sound of Music" will be featured.

For more information contact the Coe Music Department at 399-8521.