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Music is in the air

College Choir
April 21, 2014

Students at McDaniel College participate in a variety of spring musical performances at the college. For more information about these performances, which are free and open to the public, call 410-857-2599.

The College Choir presents “Make Them Hear You” at 7 p.m. April 27 in Baker Memorial Chapel under the direction of Margaret Boudreaux, Music professor and department chair. The concert features the signature song, “Make Them Hear You,” from the musical “Ragtime,” as well as other pieces that reflect highly expressive music and poetry of all ages.

“We'll open with a fairly well known South African song ‘Siyahamba’ as an homage to recently departed Nelson Mandela,” Boudreaux said. “Another piece is the premiere of a new work based on various things said after the Boston Marathon bombing last year, including part of President Obama’s speech invoking the words ‘You Will Run Again.’ Some works are more metaphorical as is the setting of Poe’s poem ‘Evening Star’ and the Lennon and McCartney favorite ‘Blackbird.’”

She added that numerous solos will be featured throughout the evening and the college’s Madrigal Singers will also be featured on several selections.

The Musical Theatre/Opera Workshop class at McDaniel, comprised of Music and Theatre students, performs under the direction of Kyle Engler, senior Music lecturer, at 7 p.m. May 4 in WMC Alumni Hall. The program includes Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” Rossini’s “Il barbiere di Seviglia,” Sondheim’s “Follies,” Strouse and Adams’ “Bye, Bye, Birdie,” Larson’s “Rent,” among others.

“An Evening of Madrigals” at 7:30 p.m. May 5 in Baker Chapel highlights the college’s premier vocal ensemble performing diverse a cappella styles also under the direction of Boudreaux. The program celebrates Cinco de Mayo with “Cielito Lindo” arranged by Deke Sharon and “La Bamba” also arranged by Sharon, as well as “Arroz con leche” arranged by Carlos Gustavino. Other works include “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap, “May Day Carol” arranged by Jerome Epstein, “Java Jive” by Ben Oakland and arranged by Kirby Shaw, and many Renaissance works. Audience participation is encouraged throughout the program.

Jazz Night at 8 p.m. May 8 in Decker Center Forum highlights the Thursday Jazz Ensemble, Monday Jazz Ensemble, and the Jazz Combo with vocalists, and is directed by Bo Eckard, senior lecturer in music. Styles of jazz represented include classic big band swing, bebop, Latin, funk, Jazz-rock and Tin Pan Alley.

The College Band Concert at 7 p.m. May 9 in WMC Alumni Hall features musical selections from classical to pops. Under the direction of Linda Kirkpatrick, senior lecturer in music, the band features nearly 50 students, alumni and faculty members, as well as community musicians.

Musical selections for the concert are “Country Gardens” and “Scotch Strathspey and Reel” both composed by Percy A. Grainger, “Divertimento for Band, Op. 42” by Vincent Persichetti, “Ghost Train” by Eric Whitacre, and “Harry’s Wondrous World” by John Williams.

Lastly, McDaniel’s Gospel Choir Concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. May 10 in WMC Alumni Hall. Under the direction of music lecturer Shelley Ensor, the Gospel Choir performs a program of spirituals, as well as traditional and contemporary gospel music, including Hezekiah Walker’s “This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” Gamble and Huff and McFadden and Whitehead’s “I’ll Always Love My Mama,” Keith Pringle’s “Call Him Up,” Pete Seeger’s “We Shall Overcome,” among others.