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College-Community Chorus Opens Ranks to New Members

Fall Rehearsals to Start in Preparation for World War I-Themed Winter Holiday Concert

August 19, 2014

Elizabeth Haskins conducts the College-Community Chorus during last spring's concert.

Elizabeth Haskins conducts the College-Community Chorus during last spring's concert.

The Wilmington College-Community Chorus is gearing up for its fall semester activities that culminate with the annual Winter Holiday Concert in December.

Long-time director Elizabeth Haskins encourages area residents that can carry a tune to considering joining the chorus. Rehearsals are Monday evenings, from 7 to 9 p.m., in Room 208 of the Boyd Cultural Arts Center.

The first regular rehearsal is scheduled for Sept. 8. Members registered for one credit hour will gather for an organizational meeting on Monday (Aug. 25).

This fall, the College-Community Chorus, in conjunction with the Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center, will commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the start of World War I, then known as the Great War.

“Certainly the magnitude of the conflict made it one of the defining events of the 20th century,” Haskins said, noting the College-Community Chorus’s program is titled “Carols of Peace in a World at War.”

She said that, in addition to honoring the participants of the 1914 Christmas Truce that was spontaneously instigated by common soldiers in various sectors of the Western Front, the repertoire represents soldiers and civilians who, during the entirety of the hostilities, fell victim to the brutality of war.

Included in the concert are such selections as “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht” (“Silent Night”) and “Come All Ye Shepherds” from Germany; “In the Bleak Mid-Winter” and “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day” from England; “The Wexford Carol” from Ireland; “Christ Child’s Lullaby” and “Baloo Lammy” from Scotland; “The Huron Carol” from Canada; “Carol of the Birds” from Australia.

Also, “He is Born the Divine Christ Child” from France; “Rise up Shepherd and Follow” and “Children Go Where I Send Thee” from the United States; “Still, Still, Still” from Austria; “Gesu Bambino” from Italy; and “Adeste Fideles”(“O Come All Ye Faithful”) representing all countries.

The Wilmington College Chorale will join College-Community Chorus in the performance of several carols.

The Winter Holiday Concert is scheduled for Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m., in Hugh Heiland Theatre, Boyd Cultural Arts Center.

Singers, high school age and older with choral or solo vocal experience, are encouraged to participate in College-Community Chorus. New members need not audition for chorus membership, however solo and small ensemble opportunities are available by audition only. Music and folders will be provided.

Further information is available by contacting Haskins at (937) 382-6661 ext. 334 or via email at: haskinea@wilmington.edu.