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Bridgewater College Concert Choir to Give Concerts

The 35-voice Bridgewater College Concert Choir will present a program at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Grace Lutheran Church, located at 500 S. Wayne Ave., Waynesboro, Va., as part of its spring concert tour.

At 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, the Concert Choir and Chorale will present a concert at Central Church of the Brethren, located at 416 Church Ave., SW, Roanoke, Va.

The concerts are open to the public at no charge and feature, in addition to the Concert Choir, the 17-voice Chorale.

The concert at Grace Lutheran Church is a homecoming for Bethanie Glover, a senior music and communication studies double major with a minor in theater, from Waynesboro, Va.

The Concert Choir and Chorale are conducted by Dr. John McCarty, assistant professor and director of choral music at Bridgewater.

Lacey Johnson, a 2007 graduate of Bridgewater College and an adjunct instructor in music, will serve as piano accompanist.

The program explores themes of darkness and light, with music representing many historical eras – from the Middle Ages to the premiere of “Adoramus Te,” a piece composed by Jonathan Greer, a senior music major from Staunton, Va.

The spring tour includes a performance at Fort Defiance High School along with a question and answer session about life at Bridgewater College.

At 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, the Chorale will join the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and choirs from around Virginia to present a concert celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation at CenterStage in Richmond, Va.

The Concert Choir includes students from all four class years at Bridgewater. The group performs in the Bridgewater community and tours each spring. 

The Chorale, Bridgewater’s auditioned choral ensemble, performs a variety of repertoire in several concerts throughout the year. The Chorale has completed seven international concert tours, performing in Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, France, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Germany, Ireland and Scotland.

McCarty earned a D.M.A. in choral conducting, pedagogy and literature from James Madison University. He serves as music director at Clover Hill United Methodist Church in Dayton, Va. He is also the conductor of the Page County Community Choir and the Main Street Singers, both in Luray, Va.

Posted 3/29/13

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