Coe Chorale to perform sacred and secular music, Broadway hits

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2009-04-08 10:35:28 - General

A wide variety of music ranging from sacred selections to Broadway hits will be performed by the Coe College Choral during the group's spring concert. The event will be held on Tuesday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m., in Sinclair Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Under the direction Coe Music Professor Richard Hoffman and accompanied on the piano by Tara Warfield, the Chorale will perform music in four sets. Warfield will also be featured as a soprano soloist, along with Coe Music Professor and College Organist Dr. Brett Wolgast. Throughout the evening, various Coe students will be soloists, and a special orchestra will provide instrumental accompaniment for the concert.

In Part I, a variety of religious music will be performed, including "Hail, Judea, Happy Land" (from "Judas Maccabaeus") by Georg Friedrich Handel, "Shir Hama'alot - A Song of Ascents" by Charles Davidson, sung in Hebrew, and "Lullaby for the Christ Child," by Simon Mold. The Mold piece was written especially for the Chorale and its conductor. The new work premiered in December 2008, and will be published in the United Kingdom later this summer.

Part II of the concert includes "Misa Pequena Para Ninos" ("Little Mass for the Children") by Francisco Nunez, in three movements. During Part III, Chorale members will be performing "How Can I Keep From Singing?" by Robert Lowry, arranged by Burkhardt. "Uji River," an Asian Folk Melody arranged by Gray, will also be sung, along with "A Mother's Prayer" by David Foster and Carole Bayer Sager and "Let There Be Peace" by Andy Beck.

The concert will conclude in Part IV with pieces representing Broadway musicals. Among the Broadway favorites to be performed are "Little Shop of Horrors" by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, highlights from "Wicked" by Stephen Schwartz, and "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" from "Hair" by Ragni, Rado and MacDermot, arranged by Hoffman.

Formerly known as the Coe College Women's Chorale, the Coe College Chorale is open to all students, faculty and staff. For more information contact the Coe Music Department at 399-8521.