On rare occasions does one get to listen to Schumann, beat-boxing, Maori folk songs and a Caribbean harvest tune all at the same venue.
On Oct. 21, nearly 300 people in Ice Auditorium were taken on a journey of the senses by the Department of Music at the annual Fall Choral Concert, the first of a series organized throughout the year. The 45-minute event featured the Wildcat Men’s Glee Club, Women’s Vocal Ensemble and Concert Choir, led by director Anna Song.
The Men’s Glee Club started off the performances with harmonious renditions of “Sweet Rivers” and “In Dat Great Gittin’ Up Morning.” Later, the Women’s Vocal Ensemble performed the German ode to the passing of fall into winter, “Herbstlied.”
The ensemble then transitioned into the upbeat “Trashin’ the Camp,” a beat-boxing medley adapted from the movie Tarzan. Beat-boxers freshman Logan Mays and sophomore Kaitlyn Hensen, who added their own style to the music, easily captivated the audience.
At the event’s climax was the Concert Choir’s powerful and synchronized performance of “Kua rongo mai koe,” a Maori folk song indigent to New Zealand.
The choir followed up with a song about the advent by Rheinberger and “Balia Di Sehu,’” a Caribbean Harvest song in the original Papiamento language, ending with a resounding “I’m Gonna Sing ‘Til the Spirit Moves in My Heart.”
“Our director, Professor Song, picks the repertoire for our concerts. I think this was a great way to start off the concerts [with a variety of contemporary and classic music]. As a service-based choir, we want to bring our love of music to others in the community,” Choir President Jennifer Morgan explained.
The performances were generally well-received by the audience, who were clearly supporters of the singers and musicians on stage.
Freshman Kathryn van Dyk, who had been to four other musical concerts on campus, expressed simply that the concert was “beautiful”.
The Concert Choir will next be featured in the Christmas Concert with a repertoire of holiday songs Dec. 5.
The group will also be on tour in Costa Rica at the end of January, before performing once again in spring at the Homecoming Concert.