The McDaniel College Department of Music will present "I'll Remember You in a Song," the McDaniel College Choir’s spring concert, Sunday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. The concert will take place in (Big) Baker Memorial Chapel.
The choir is led by Dr. Margaret Boudreaux, Director of Choral Activities, with Dr. David Kreider serving as accompanist. The College’s Madrigal Singers will also be featured on several selections.
Boudreaux says, “The concert is themed ‘I'll Remember You in A Song’ as an allusion to a piece we will be performing, ‘I'll Imagine You a Song,’ by Steven Lutvak and Carol Hall, which I arranged for choir specifically for this concert. The concept of carrying memories through music is ancient, and crosses all areas of the human experience. Perhaps the most straightforward expression of that is found in Ysaye Barnwell’s ‘Wanting Memories,’ listing ways in which we hold all those dear in our thoughts. We'll remember love in many songs, such as James Mulholland's ‘A Red, Red Rose,’ which will be conducted by senior Sakena Martin, in her conducting debut. Other pieces will remember events, such as Moses Hogan's ‘Battle of Jericho,’ or places, such as Michael McGlynn's haunting Irish vision, ‘Behind the Closed Eye.’”
Robert Cohen's work, “Spirit of the Winding Water,” which the choir will premiere in this concert, memorializes the role of water in Native American cultures. In the cover notes Cohen says: “While the piece is not an attempt to exactly replicate the sounds of Native American Music, a number of the musical phrases and rhythms are taken from actual Native American chants.” Mr. Cohen shared this piece with Dr. Boudreaux just one week after he completed it. The choir is very much enjoying developing its interpretation of his musical ideas.
Boudreaux notes her own arrangement of "I'll Imagine You a Song" will also be premiered on this concert. “This piece actually memorializes someone who was held dear and passed away. We will have many friends and colleagues in mind as we approach the performance, such as our won Bo Eckard,” she says.
McDaniel students comprising the College Choir are Emily Barriere, Emma Bartels-Jones, Elizabeth Brown, Chase Bushman, Jimmy Calderón, Nailah Calhoun, Kayla Catlin, Colleen Clark, Ethan Cortes, Olivia Elbers, Joseph Fox, Thaddeus Franzen, David Frendlich, Zuri Haley-Robbins, Laura Hawk, Tyavia Jones, Ben Kohn, Jeremy Lewin, Mariah Ligas, Lacey Maggs, Antoinette Martin, Sakena Martin, Waide McComas, Zoe McNeill, Ben Michaels, Julie Person, Julia Reznikov, Kevin Rockwell, Lillian Rosenquist, Paul Saar, Rachel Sentz, Jackie Sherwin, Laurissa Steinsberger, Danielle Taylor, Brandi Weyers, KJ Wilkins, Jennifer Willard, Jared Wilmer, and Patsy Zetkulic.
The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-857-2599.
Sunday, April 23 at 7:00pm