The Berea College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers—conducted by Stephen Bolster and accompanied on piano by Yuri Kim—will present their annual spring at Berea’s Union Church on Palm Sunday, on Palm Sunday, April 14 at 3:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free concert.
The program is titled “Joy Ascending.” The first section, in Latin, begins with Kyrie settings of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Josef Rheinberger, followed by a Lenten piece by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, entitled Unicornis captivator, in honor of the Liturgical Season. The first section of the program ends with the Quatre motets sur des Thèmes Gregoriens, unaccompanied pieces by Maurice Duruflé, performed by the Chamber Singers.
Following the annual recognition of graduating choir seniors, the Chamber Singers will perform Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs for piano, violin, and choir, with EKU Music Professor Jeremy Mullholland as the violin soloist. The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will follow with a group of well-known folksongs including the famous “Simple Gifts” and “Shenandoah,” and a Scottish folksong arrangement accompanied by the Clavere Piano Duo (Javier and Lindsay Clavere).
The end of the program will move from a theme of darkness to a celebration of joy. This portion begins with a composition by local musician A. J. Bodnar called Epitaph, conducted by the composer, set to a stark text by Rudyard Kipling. The Concert Choir will continue with two songs about faith then conclude the program with Andrew Maxfield’s Whatever is foreseen in joy and René Clausen’s All that hath life and breath praise ye the Lord.