Choral concert features international program

by Janah Valenzuela
Staff Writer

Last weekend, the University of La Verne Chorale and Chamber Singers performed its annual Spring Choral Concert before an audience of students, faculty, staff and family.

The concert, conducted by Music Department Chairman Scott Farthing, included music by German composer Franz Schubert, along with pieces from various international composers from Brazil, Israel, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Before the performance began, Farthing spoke to the audience about the difficulty of performing the soulful concert during a time when the country is at war.

He asked the audience to send thoughts and prayers to the people overseas instead of applauding during the first half of the concert.

The first half was performed by the Chamber Singers.

The Chamber Singers performed “Domine, Ad Adjuvandum Me Festina” by Giovanni Battista Martini, “Surexit pastor bonus” by Orlando de Lassus, and “Mass in G major” by Johann Sebastian Bach, all in Latin.

After a brief intermission, they were joined by the Chorale Singers.

The pace picked up as the groups performed upbeat songs from countries such as Brazil and Romania, soon having the audience clapping along.

The Chamber Singers’ four soloists were Jason Haldeman, Sarah Morales, Andrea Randall and Derek Wendt.

The Chorale Singers soloists were Dayita Datta, James Darrah, Wanda Groppi, Anthony Guerrero and Kim Reed.

There were also two piano soloists, Cody Smith and Masami Tomita.

Senior Derek Wendt, who was the piano soloist for Mendelssohn’s “Surexit pastor bonus,” said his favorite song was “Tres Cantos Nativos Dos Indios Krao,” a traditional Brazilian composition.

“It was so rhythmic and fun because we got to act it out and everyone was so into the song,” Wendt said.

The Brazilian song was interestingly composed and performed as a group of phonemes, which are small and distinct units of speech.

The audience clearly enjoyed the singers’ interpretation as they stomped, clapped and hissed.

The Chorale and Chamber Singers started practicing for the concert in the beginning of the spring semester.

The rich variety was chosen because it reflected upon the University’s diversity, Farthing said.

“I think music is a tie that binds and transcends our differences,” said Stephen Morgan, President of the University of La Verne, “We can all relate to that.”

Morgan attended the Friday concert and said the performance was simply terrific.

The students, faculty and parents enjoyed the concert overall. It gave them a positive release to an eventful week, as the singers ended the concert with the song “Turn the World Around.”

“They had such great energy that made you want to get up and dance,” said freshman Soraya Askari.

“It was beautiful to come and listen to this instead of being at home watching TV for a while,” said Jane Dibbell, associate professor of theatre arts. “It was peace through music.”

The University Chorale and Chamber Singers are now rehearsing for their final perform of the semester. The show “music From the Movies” will be held at 8 p.m., May 15, 16 and 17 in Founders Auditorium. Cost is $5 for general admission and students are free.

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