The Kaskaskia College Choral Program will host its Spring Concert on Thursday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jane Knight Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.
The concert will feature the KC Concert Choir, KC Blues, and Community Chorale under the direction of Professor Lynda Marshall, with Barb Roberts on piano.
The concert will highlight a tremendous selection of choral music in varying styles. Opening the concert will be Community Chorale performing a poignant selection, “The Awakening”, composed by Joseph Martin. The Concert Choir will then perform a variety of songs from several countries and historical periods. They will begin with a song based on two Northeast Brazilian folk tunes titled “Muié Rendêra”. Their next piece, “The Moon is Distant from the Sea”, is a setting of Emily Dickinson’s poetry musically depicting a desire that is never fulfilled. A playful French chanson follows from the Renaissance era, “Il est bel et bon”. A new, unique Hebrew piece, “Yishakeni”, uses text from Song of Songs and features guest oboist, Mike Musick. Closing their performance will be “Ain’t Got Time to Die”, an American Spiritual featuring soloists Cody Engel, Lucas Morgan and Dylan Massie.
The KC Blues will be singing arrangements of “Over the Rainbow”, “The Way You Look Tonight”, “Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me” and “Mas Que Nada”. Guest instrumentalists Professor Cliff Jourdan, Professor Tom Baker, and Nick Hailey will accompany the KC Blues on their selections.
The Community Chorale will conclude the concert with four selections. Opening their portion will be Frank Ticheli’s “Earth Song”, a touching song about music’s impact on human life. Next, they will present a traditional American invitation song “Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal”, arranged by Alice Parker. The next piece, “Indodana”, is a piece written using the Traditional isiXhosa language, one of the official languages of South Africa. The South African piece features guest dancer, Emily Ashburn, and guest percussionist, Professor Suzie Bjork. The finale is a traditional American song, “When the Saints Go Marching In”, arranged by John Rutter; featuring guest instrumentals Mike Loomis, Cody Johnson, Professor Cliff Jourdan and Nick Hailey.
Choir members include: Thomas Albers (Carlyle), Kendell Alexander (Carlyle), Jim Bahr (Centralia), Shirley Bryant (Hoffman), Dallas Bundy (Salem), Mia DeBernardi (Centralia), Sarah Doerr (Nashville), Cody Engel (Salem), Terri Haas (Salem), Mona Hall (Irvington), Bailey Hilmes (Breese), Reanna Hutton (Centralia), Morgan Isaiah (Salem), Lanie Jose (Centralia), Shirley Kern (Salem), Taylor Leidner (Vandalia), Kristen Littleton (Centralia), Dylan Massie (Mt. Erie), Branden Miller (Centralia), Lucas Morgan (Nashville), Kolaiah Nelson (Nashville), Amos Pulke (Centralia), Amanda Pytlinksi (Nashville), Lucinda Register (Salem), Rose Ross (Centralia), Nina Scattergood (Hoffman), Janette Speiser (Odin), Stan Stein (Hoffman), Sharon Sullens (Salem), Emily Thoman (Collinsville), Jacob Wacker (Hoyleton), Layla Waddell (Carlyle), and Inez Woodruff (Salem).