The Concert Choir, the premiere choral ensemble of Heidelberg University’s School of Music, will perform its home concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Under the direction of Dr. Greg Ramsdell, director of choral activities and assistant professor of choral music education, the concert is themed “Night at the Museum.” “Our concert repertoire is organized in a way that we hope will approximate for the listener a stroll through a sonic art gallery,” Ramsdell said.
In the first gallery, all of the compositions are related to the themes of nature and creation. The second gallery transitions to timeless musical selections related to Nativity and Christmas narratives. The concert concludes with a gallery of compositions that explores the intricate subject of human relationships, often examining them through the lens of nature imagery. “As the concert progresses, we sincerely hope that our audiences will be moved by the symbiotic relationship between poetry and music, and that the cumulative associations of each piece will evoke ever-developing images regarding the essence of life itself,” Ramsdell added.
Highlighting the program will be compositions by Howard Helvey (“O lux beatissima”), Gwyneth Walker (“I Will Be Earth”), David Conte (A setting of Theodore Roethke’s “The Waking”), Eric Whitacre (“Lux aurumque”), David Childs (A setting of Emily Dickinson’s “The Moon Is Distant from the Sea”), Irving Berlin (“Blue Skies”), Norman Dello Joio (A setting of the composer’s adaption of Christina Rossetti’s “Echo”) and David Brunner (“Yo le canto todo el dia”). Complementing these compositions will be arrangements of traditional folk songs and spirituals by Mack Wilberg (“The King of Love My Shepherd Is”), Bob Chilcott (“Shenandoah”), and Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory (“Go Where I Send Thee”).
A special addition to the concert program will be a selection of artwork by members of the Tiffin Art Guild, who created paintings, sculptures and glassworks inspired by the texts the Concert Choir will sing. The artwork will be on display in the St. Mary’s sanctuary before, during and after the performance.