The McDaniel College Department of Music will present the McDaniel College Choir in Concert, Sunday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. in (Big) Baker Memorial Chapel. Under the direction of music department chair Margaret Boudreaux, the concert, entitled “Songs of Conflict and Reconciliation," commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. As Boudreaux notes, “The 150th anniversary of Gettysburg is this summer and the same anniversary of Antietam was last fall, both very close to our location.”
Many student soloists will perform within the choral works on the program, including Joshua Harding, Malcolm Jones, Matthew Butt, Daniel Beane, Foster McDaniel, Rachel Brown, Melissa Williams, Jennifer Litzinger, Lisa Staples, Morgan Stanbeck, and Erica Cichetti. Dr. David Kreider will accompany on piano, joined by Ted Dix on organ and Nick Reider and Nick Wolf on trumpet. A student percussion ensemble (including McDaniel students Madeline Jackowski, Bernie Jankowski, Julian Schoming, and Norman Lezama) will accompany the choir on a work based on Walt Whitman's poem "Beat, Beat Drums." In addition, Monika Lemke and Veronica Lathroum are featured on flute.
Other featured works include Peter Wilhousky's well-known arrangement of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” The choir will also sing a less well-known Wilhousky arrangement of “When Johnnie Comes Marching Home.” Student Conductor and senior music major Lisa Staples will conduct Oscar Peterson's jazz anthem, “Hymn to Freedom,” accompanied by senior music major Charlie Eron on piano, junior music major Kevin Alexander on bass, and alumnus Aaron Donato on drums. The College’s Madrigal Singers will also be featured on several selections.
Several short new arrangements by Boudreaux of Civil War songs will be premiered, and will include audience participation. These include “Tramp, Tramp Tramp the Boys are Marching,” “Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground,” “Hard Times Come Again No More,” and “Goober Peas.”
The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-857-2599.
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