YC Concert Choir

New season brings spring repertoire

by Meghan Shruck — Panther Press

The York College Concert Choir was hard at work this semester in an effort to perfect a fresh repertoire in preparation for the Spring Works concert on Monday. Under the direction of Dr. Clark Roush, the Choir renewed the artistic hearts of the campus and community with A Romantic Evening.

The concert featured passionate and expressive works of the Romantic Period with its rich harmonies and the weighty texture of large voices that are characteristic of Romantic pieces. The wide range of culture inherent in the spring repertoire was showcased in the lyrics of several different languages. Along with English, the Choir sang in Latin, Italian, German, French, and Russian.

Designed to present the chronology of the Romantic era, which was roughly between the years 1800 and 1910, the repertoire highlighted composers in a time-lapsed fashion of the period, ranging from Schubert to Brahms with several intermediate pieces. An immense focus of the repertoire was placed on the Latin “Mass in G” by Franz Schubert. The composition featured soloist Renee Willard, Jason Hernandez, and Tod Martin.

The Russian “Blagoslovi dushe moy Ghospoda” by Rachmaninov featured voice instructor Dr. Adrianne Dixon as a soloist. Other pieces in the repertoire included “The Neighbor’s Chorus” by Offenbach (English), “Cantique de Jean Racine” by Faure (French), “Abendlied” by Brahms (German), “Christus factus est pro nobis” by Bruckner (Latin), “Pater Noster” by Verdi (Latin), “How Lovely are the Messengers” from “St. Paul” by Mendelssohn (English). The piano accompanist for the evening was Mrs. Kay Magner.

Dr. Roush described the Spring Works concert as a wonderful cultural event for the campus and community. He added, “It is artistically and emotionally the big exclamation point for the semester.”

Spring Works program

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