MIDDLEBURY-The Middlebury College Community Chorus and Women's Glee Club offer a joint concert to welcome the spring and summer seasons in song. This special performance takes place Sunday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m., in Mead Chapel on the College campus.
Admission is free.
The ensembles will offer a variety of music celebrating new life brought by spring and summer, as well as reflecting on remembrance of seasons and lives past, and our universal desires for love, joy, and peace.
The 15-voice Middlebury College Women's Glee Club, under the direction of Jessica Allen, will open the concert with set of classic and contemporary works, including arrangements of the beloved Ave Maria by Franz Schubert and the uplifting psalm setting Cantate Domino by Baroque composer Heinrich Sch tz. The women will also sing the traditional Philippine children's song Pen-pen de Sarapen (from Tatlo Sa Buhay) arranged by Sidney Marquez Boquiren, and the American spiritual Down in the River to Pray. Works by contemporary composers include Remember by Donna Gartman Schultz and Midsummer (from Seasons of Love) by Eleanor Daley.
In celebration of spring, the College Community Chorus, directed by Jeff Rehbach, will present several madrigals.
Middlebury College senior music major Hannah Waite will play the piano solo, while George Matthew, Jr. will play an arrangement of the orchestra parts at the organ console.
A special set within the program features songs by contemporary American and Canadian composers.
The Women's Glee Club was founded in 2008.
Conductor Jessica Allen is active as a solo and stage performer, teaches private voice lessons in Middlebury and Colchester and is Director of Music at the Congregational Church of Middlebury. T
he College Community Chorus traces its origins to the mid-19th century when the Middlebury Musical Institute met to prepare major choral works for performance in New England.
Today the chorus numbers between 75 and 90 singers, with college students from towns across the United States, and area residents hailing from Brandon, Bridport, Bristol, Cornwall, Goshen, East Middlebury, Leicester, Middlebury, Monkton, New Haven, North Ferrisburgh, Panton, Ripton, Salisbury, Shoreham, Starksboro, Vergennes, and Weybridge, and across the lake from Mineville and Ticonderoga, N.Y.