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BC Concert Choir to Give Local Concert on April 28

The 35-voice Bridgewater College Concert Choir will present a program at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28, in the Carter Center for Worship and Music at Bridgewater College.

The concert is open to the public at no charge and features, in addition to the Concert Choir, the 17-voice Chorale and the student-directed Handbell Choir.

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

Kayla Becker, a junior music major from Bridgewater, Va., and Bethanie Glover, a senior music and communication studies double major with a minor in theater, from Waynesboro, Va., are co-directors of the Handbell Choir.

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 “Adoramus Te,” a piece composed by Jonathan Greer, a senior music major from Staunton, Va.

Student soloists include Cole Boylen, a freshman from Crimora, Va., Loganne Fellenstein, a senior music major from Fredericksburg, Va., Jordan M. Haugh, a freshman music major from Frederick, Md., Kimberly Ottman, senior music major from Harrisonburg, Va., and Glover.

The Concert Choir is selected by audition each fall and includes students from all four class years at Bridgewater. The group performs at special occasions on campus and each spring presents a series of weekend concerts throughout the eastern United States.

The Chorale, selected by audition in the spring of the year, prepares two programs a year — a choreographed program of popular music and a sacred concert. 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 4/22/13

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