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Spring concert adds European flavor

March 4, 2011

By Lauren Robinson, Opinions Editor

On the evening of Tuesday, March 1st, the Young Harris Choir held their Spring Concert in the Clegg Auditorium. With the attention of peers, alumni and community members alike, they were directed by Jeffrey Bauman, associate professor of music, and accompanied by Anita Guss.

Upon entering the Clegg Auditorium, the choir members took their places as the program began. The choir formed a semi-circle around the audience and began to sing “Heilig” to welcome the audience. Once the choir had welcomed everyone in song, they took their places on stage and continued with the program.

Throughout the night the choir would sing, Ave Maria arranged by Franz Beibl, Cry Out and Shout arranged by Knut Nystedt, Blagoslovi, dushe moya Ghspoda arranged by Ippolitof-Ivanof  Ave Maris Stella arranged by Edvard Grieg, Dixie arranged by Norman Luboff, The Last Words of David arranged by Randall Thompson, Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal arranged by Alice Parker, With a Voice of Singing arranged by Martin Shaw, Battle Hymn of the Republic arranged by Peter Wilhousky, Shenandoah arranged by James Erb, Great Day arranged by Moses Hogan, Benediction arranged by John Ness Beck, Ezekiel Saw the Wheel arranged by William Dawson, Dziedot Dzimu, Dziedot Augu arranged by Alfred Kalnins, He Never Failed Me Yet arranged by Robert Ray and The Awakening arranged by Joseph Martin.

There were two soloists that performed that evening. A  song entitled Great Day written by Moses Hogan, a famous American composer, was accompanied by soloist JeRee Dukes, a sophomore, music major with a concentration in vocal performance from Lincolnton. The second piece, He Never Failed Me Yet, written by American composer, Robert Ray was accompanied by soloist Lateefah Dooling, a freshman musical theatre major from Fort Lauderdale.

“I thought the choir concert was really wonderful. It was beautifully organized. My favorite part was when Lateefah did her solo,” said Nadia Dean, a freshman history major from Lithia Springs.

Dooling, a member of the choir, also believed that the concert when well when she said, “I think we rocked the house. Many of the audience members have told me that we have really improved this year; and Mr. Bauman is doing a great job as director.”

Nearly one-half of the selection of music was native to European countries and the other half being American composed pieces. Many of these musical selections will be sang during the choir’s European tour this May.

The music department will have several upcoming performances including, Acapalooza on March 25 and 26 at 7:00 p.m. and YHC’s Guitar Ensemble on March 21 at 7:00 p.m.

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