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Music Department Plans Week-Long Slate of Performances

April 24, 2006

Sunday evening’s Spring Pops Concert will initiate a week of musical performances at Wilmington College.

The slate of events includes the Pops Concert Sunday (April 30), at 7:30 p.m., in the Hugh G. Heiland Theatre and the College Band in concert May 3, at 7 p.m. in Kelly Center. Also featured will be the Collegium Musicum’s annual Noon Hour Mini-Concert May 4, at 12:15 p.m., in the Harcum Art Gallery and a student recital May 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Kelly Center.

The Department of Music is sponsoring the programs, which are free of charge.

The Spring Pops Concert will highlight performances by the College Chorale and Men’s Octet, under the direction of Catherine Roma, and the College-Community Chorus, directed by Elizabeth Haskins.

The Chorale will open the concert with a program that includes selections from Oh, Brother Where Art Thou featuring Jeffrey Rutan on guitar, Gil Benson on fiddle, Brenda Wolfersberger on upright bass and Whit Meade on banjo. Paul Henry has a solo on “An Man of Constant Sorrow” with other cameo solos by Mallory Stiverson and Jessica Finnegan.

In addition, Mary Staggs will sing “For Good” and the Chorale will reprise several numbers it performed at the recent Festival of Women in Music & Art. Rachel Kramer will provide piano accompaniment.

The Men’s Octet will perform a doo-wop piece titled “What’s Your Name,” as well as several other works arranged for a men’s ensemble.

The College-Community Chorus also will sing two selections from the Festival, including “Little David, Play on Your Harp” by Bernice Johnson Reagon and “Ascribe to the Lord” by Rosephanye Dunn Powell.

Also the group will do “Psalm 118: Sing Jubilation” by Barbara Harbach, “How Beautiful” by Twila Paris and “Concertato on ‘Praise to the Lord, The Almighty’” for mixed chorus, brass quintet and keyboard by Elizabeth Haskins.

Solo selections will include three pieces from the musical Secret Garden by Lucy Simon, “My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose” arranged by Jean Schackleton, “Annie Laurie” by Lady John Scott and “Child of Love” for two treble voices, flute and keyboard by Elizabeth Haskins.

Soloists in order of appearance are Mickey Ford, Heather Jaskic, Nancy McCormick, Andrea Bell, Blyss Fadley, Matthew Perry, Matthew Fickle, Gene Ford, Ronald E. Vance, Terri Valentine and Lori Ann Scott.

Ellen Clapp will provide piano accompaniment for the College-Community Chorus.

The May 3 concert featuring the College Band will be conducted by Lori Ann Scott, while, the next day, the Collegium Musicum, directed by Elizabeth Haskins, will present its spring performance.

The Collegium’s program consists of 16th and 17th century French, English and German instrumental music. Refreshments will be available free of charge during the performance and the audience will have an opportunity to make donations benefiting the Free Clinic.

Finally, the student recital on May 7 will feature baritone Mark Lunsford, Elizabeth Sawzin playing the clarinet and Kimberly Johnson on piano.