The Kaskaskia College Choral Program is proud to announce its Winter Choir Concert in conjunction with the 2022 High School Honor Choir on Thursday, March 3, at 7:00 p.m. in the Kaskaskia College Jane Knight Auditorium.
Featured ensembles will be the Kaskaskia College Concert Choir, Community Chorale, and High School Honor Choir under the direction of Professor Lynda Marshall.
This is the Fifth Annual Kaskaskia College Honor Choir Festival, with eight participating high schools and 80 singers selected for the choir. The high school students will be rehearsing with Professor Marshall during the day and joining the college choirs to present the concert in the evening. Area participating high schools include Breese Central, Centralia, Christ Our Rock, Ramsey, Salem, Sandoval, South Central, and Vandalia.
The concert seeks to dispel the myths and stereotypes surrounding opera as so many people think of opera as being elitist or stuffy! This concert will feature a variety of music by opera composers and opera and operetta choruses. Community Chorale’s repertoire includes “Bell Chorus” from Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, “Belle nuit, ô nuit d’mour” from Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, and “Pilgrims’ Chorus” from Wagner’s Tannhäuser. The Concert Choir will be
performing “Neighbors’ Chorus” from Offenbach’s La jolie Parfumeuse, “Soldiers’ Chorus” from Verdi’s Il trovatore, and “Witches’ Chorus” from Verdi’s Macbeth.
Additionally, vocal performance majors Chloe Beal and Madelyn Owens will present “Sous le dome épais” from Delibes’ Lakme. Professor Lynda Marshall and Kaskaskia College alum, Morgan Isaiah, will present Rossini’s “Duetto buffo di due gatti.”
The concert will conclude with the High School Honor Choir presenting the famous “Anvil Chorus” from Verdi’s Il trovatore and joining forces with the college choirs to present “Va pensiero” from Verdi’s Nabucco, and “Finale” from Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers.
KC Professor Lynda Marshall says, “I am so excited to host our first high school music festival since the pandemic began! The KC District has so many talented singers, and I look forward to having memorable musical experiences with them. This is a wonderful opportunity for students from smaller music programs to come together and perform with a large choral ensemble.”
The concert is free and open to the public. All concertgoers must complete the college’s COVID-19 Screener found at www.kaskaskia.edu and wear a mask while on campus.
— Submitted by Kaskaskia College