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Jewell’s Chapel Choir & Symphonic Band to perform
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
January 28, 2008

The William Jewell College Chapel Choir and Symphonic Band will present a joint concert at 7:30 p.m. February 29 in John Gano Memorial Chapel on the campus in Liberty, Mo. The concert is free and the public is invited to attend; reservations or tickets are not required. For more information, contact the Music Department office at 816-415-7537.

The Symphonic Band will begin the concert with “The Earl of Oxford’s March” in a concert march setting written by Philip Sparke. “Kaleidoscope,” also by Sparke, is a setting of five variations of the town song of Brugg, Switzerland. The band will close the first portion of the program with “La Mezquita de Cordoba” (“The Mosque at Cordoba”), written by Julie Ann Giroux. The piece is a reflection of the tumultuous history of a Spanish cathedral which was ultimately used by Muslim, Jewish and Christian worshippers.

The band is under the direction of Phil Schaefer. He is assisted by Jewell music faculty members Elaine Brown, Stephanie Bryan, Mark Cohick, Randall Cunningham, Ray DeMarchi and Shelley Peters.

The Chapel Choir will perform “Lux Aeterna: A Modern Requiem.” The program begins with a contemporary setting of the first part of the liturgical Requiem mass: “Requiem aeternam, dona eis Domine. Et lux perpetua luceat eis,” (“Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and let your perpetual light shine upon them.”)

“The program explores the many emotions of loss and grief, what we feel as we are searching for that way ‘home,’ and finally the joy we feel when we realize we and our loved ones before us will be together again in the presence of God,” says Dr. Suzanne Hatcher, assistant professor of music and conductor of the Chapel Choir.

The final choral piece is a Midwest premiere of a composition by Haitian-American composer Sydney Guillaume. Guillaume’s piece, “Dominus Vobiscum” (“The Lord be with you”) was written for Seraphic Fire, a professional chamber choir based in South Florida. “The piece combines snippets of the Latin mass texts with an original text in Creole written by Guillaume’s father, all fused with infectious rhythms and beautiful harmonies,” Hatcher says.

William Jewell’s Chapel Choir is comprised of approximately 60-70 singers representing all class levels and majors across the campus.

With its challenging academic culture and focus on student achievement, William Jewell College promises students an outstanding liberal arts education that cultivates leadership, service, and spiritual growth within a community inspired by Christian ideals and committed to open, rigorous intellectual pursuits.

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