Spring Features Concerts

Music department finishes year on high note

The York College Celebration Singers and Concert Choir put the final touches on a great year with their annual spring concerts.

Audiences were taken back a few decades in time, as they listened to a repertoire of great ’70s solos and group numbers that were performed over the weekend. The Celebration Singers, directed by Dr. Clark Roush and assistant director Sara Firm, produced a very entertaining That 70's Show to close out the semester.

The high energy program was a blast from the past, and included such numbers as Fire and Rain, Superstar, One, The Cat's in the Cradle and the ever popular Abba Medley. Singers were decked out in a variety of wardrobe costumes and accessories that helped to complete the trip back in time.

Roush expressed gratitude to Firm: “I am very proud of Sara. She has been my ‘right-hand-woman’ for three years. We crafted the vision for this show together, and she has done a huge amount of the work for it.” 

Dr. Robert Lawrence
Members of the YC Concert Choir turned in a spectacular performance of challenging pieces for their Spring Works Concert the following Tuesday. "All Nature Sings” featured York College English Professor Emeritus Dr. Robert W. Lawrence as the orator, reading the original poems that inspired the music. Lawrence's love for poetry and his ability to convey that passion for the written word made for a very enjoyable evening.

Selections such as He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven and Land of Crystal Dreams transported the listener to a peaceful, tranquil place in the world. In Do You Fear the Wind?, the men of the choir were able to step out of the traditional choir sound with a more glee club performance that ended with the words, “You'll grow ragged and weary and swarthy, but you'll walk like a man!” A wonderful conclusion to the concert was the choir's performance of Franz Joseph Haydn‘s The Heavens Are Telling.

Dr. Roush was right on the money in a Panther Press interview about the audience being in for a treat. "It was great music done by great people in a great way!"

That 70s Show pics

All Nature Sings pics

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