Fall Choir Concerts set for Oct. 21-22 at area churches

David Hood ’11 (Cincinnati, Ohio) believes the strength and ability of Marietta College’s music program will be on full display during the annual Fall Choral Concerts, which are scheduled for Oct. 21-22.

“This is the first time (to my knowledge) anything at a concert has ever been student directed,” Hood said. “I think it says a lot about the depth of the music program when two students are able to direct a choir of their peers in concert.”

Marietta’s ensembles will combine to present one song by the Men’s Choir and another by the Women’s Choir, under student directors, Celia Brockway ’11 (Tracy, Minn.) and Olivia Wilson ’12 (Mechanicsville, Md.).

The Fall 2010 Choral Concert is at Parkersburg’s Trinity Episcopal Church on Thursday, Oct. 21, and at Marietta’s First Congregational Church on Friday, Oct. 22. Both shows will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Both shows are free and open to the public, but a freewill collection will be taken.

The concerts will feature three—Men’s Ensemble, Women’s Choir and Concert Choir—of Marietta College’s five choral ensembles in an evening of varied music from composers around the world.

The Men’s Ensemble will present works by Farthing, Ellingboe, and Chinese composer, ChenYi.

“The men’s ensemble is working on some challenging literature,” Hood said. “Their performance will be a bit more serious than in past years. This is also my first concert as a section leader in the concert choir. It has been rewarding and humbling to have this kind of leadership position. It makes me appreciate the work everyone puts in even more.”

The women’s choir will perform a set of Canadian folksongs as well as a set of small, humorous pieces by Hungarian composer, Miklós Kocsár.

“Musically, the concert choir has similar pieces in that all of them are a capella,” Hood said. “This has been a challenge for us, but not one we were afraid to take on. I believe the end product the audience will see and hear will be phenomenal.”

The Concert Choir will present a set of five pieces by American composer, Stephen Chatman entitled “Due West,” that explore the life and sounds of the Western United States as well as pieces by German composer, Stefan Kalmer, and Swedish composer, Mattias Sköld.

President of the Concert Choir, Alison Matas ’11 (Kent, Ohio) is excited for a set they’re performing by Stephen Chatman.

“There are five pieces, and two, ‘Wasps’ and ‘Train,’ are composed almost entirely of onomatopoeia words so that the song sounds just like the title indicates it should,” Matas said. “I've never really done something like this before, and, as much of a challenge as it’s turning out to be, it’s a lot of fun. I also enjoy the song ‘Sunset’ that’s in this set of music. The piece has a beautiful melody and really makes me think of summer.”