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Chorale to present 'home concert' March 21

03/12/2014
The Monmouth College Chorale will present its “home concert” on March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kasch Performance Hall of the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium.
 
Free and open to the public, the concert will feature the same program the 42-member group performed during its four-state Spring Break tour earlier in the month. Under the direction of assistant professor of music Tim Pahel, the Chorale performed in Missouri, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
 
The concert will open with “Chantez a Dieu” (“Sing to God”) by Jan Pieters Sweelinck, and will include “Alleluia” by Randall Thompson and “With a Lily in Your Hand” by Eric Whitacre. Mariela Shaker, an international student from Syria, and TJ Hill, a senior from Rockford, will be featured on the violin and piano, respectively, during Imant Raminsh’s “In the Night We Shall Go In,” which will be conducted by Brandon Ouellette, a senior from Galesburg. That selection will be followed by “Stand By Me,” and the concert will conclude with a traditional Monmouth College hymn, “A Flame of White and Crimson.”
 
A highly selective mixed vocal ensemble which performs regularly on and off campus, the Chorale serves as the centerpiece for the annual “Christmas at Monmouth” concerts and maintains an active and demanding rehearsal and performance schedule. Members also serve as ambassadors to alumni, prospective students, and the general public. The Chorale engages students from nearly every major offered at Monmouth, giving its members well-rounded musical experiences with high expectations for performance and competency. 
        
This year’s tour continued a tradition, as the Chorale has toured extensively nationally through the years, visiting nearly half the states in the country. Last year, the group performed in prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Chorale also tours internationally, including a recent trip to Scotland and a tour of Spain.
        
As Monmouth’s director of choral and vocal activities, Pahel directs the Chamber Singers, and Concert Choir, in addition to the Chorale.