Published March 16, 2015

Coming home

Courtney ’57 to give lecture, Chorale to perform in Dahl Chapel on March 20
Coming home will be the theme of two events at Monmouth College on March 20 that are free and open to the public.
At 4 p.m. in the Pattee Auditorium of the Center for Science and Business, 1957 Monmouth graduate Charles Courtney will return to his alma mater to give a lecture titled “Getting to Peace Peacefully” at 4 p.m. in the Pattee Auditorium. A philosophy major at Monmouth, where he studied under the legendary Sam Thompson, Courtney went on to be a professor of philosophy of religion at Drew University. He holds a B.D. from Harvard Divinity School and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. His talk will be based largely on the life and work of Jane Addams at Hull House.
At 7:30 p.m. in the Kasch Performance Hall of the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium, the Monmouth College Chorale, directed by assistant professor Tim Pahel, will present its “home concert,” which follows its successful spring tour to Minneapolis and the Chicago area. The performance will also include the Concert Choir, under the direction of music instructor Dane Feenstra, and two college a cappella groups, The Sassy Lassies and The Scotsmen.
“The groups will perform a wide variety of music, some that is incredibly beautiful, some that is rousing and uplifting, and some that is just fun,” said Pahel, who in addition to serving as MC’s director of choral and vocal activities, also directs the Galesburg Community Chorus. “There will be about 75 students performing.”
Classical selections will include “At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners” by Williametta Spencer, “Gaudete omnes” by Jan Sweelinck, “Nunc dimittis” by Arvo Pärt, and the “Suite de Lorca” by Einojuhani Rautavaara. There will also be the spiritual “Hard Trials” by Craig Hella Johnson; a Venezuelan song titled “Mata del anima sola”; “Jai Ho,” with text in Hindi, from the movie “Slumdog Millionaire”; and an early American folk hymn titled “Now Our Meeting’s Over.”
The 49-member Chorale also has an activity planned for the following day, March 21, as it begins to raise funds for its 2015 performance trip to Italy. The Chorale will host a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Monmouth. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Spaghetti will be served with two sauces – meat and vegetarian – and garlic bread, salad, water and lemonade will also be served.  Jacob Gray, the Chorale’s tenor from Ballymena, Ireland, who frequently plays guitar and sings in a variety of public venues in Ireland, will perform during the meal, and there also will be other student performers.
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