During the last weekend before final examinations begin at Monmouth College, two concert events will be held in the Kasch Performance Hall of the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. Both are free and open to the public.
On May 5 at 7:30 p.m., the Chorale, Chamber Choir and Chamber Orchestra will present a concert featuring the program that the Chorale will perform in Spain later this month. From May 21 – 30, the group will travel and perform in the Catalonia region of Spain, including Barcelona, Lloret de Mar, Montserrat, under the direction of assistant professor of music Tim Pahel.
The combined Chorale and Chamber Orchestra will present Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” a multi-movement work for chorus, orchestra and soloists. Students performing solo movements will include Emily Frazer of Jerseyville, Clarissa Gardner of Elk Grove Village, Danielle Kita of Oak Lawn and Alyssa Trotter of Winfield. The Chamber Orchestra is directed by music department faculty member Carolyn Suda.
The Chorale and Chamber Choir will each present several independent selections. Featured will be “L’Emporda,” a song that is very well known in Catalonia, and which will be sung in Catalan, and “Sigalagala,” a Luo spiritual with soloists and percussion and sung in Luo. The rest of the program will encompass a wide variety of styles, including a vocal jazz arrangement of “Singin’ in the Rain,” Eric Whitacre’s “Water Night” and Z. Randall Stroope’s “Conversion of Saul.”
On May 6 at 2 p.m., the Monmouth Winds, under the direction of music faculty member Erin Alderson, will perform works from Carlos Chavez, Leonard Bernstein and Percy Grainger during its annual spring concert.