by Amanda Espinosa '20
The Knox College Choir, directed by Professor of Music Laura Lane, will perform a Send-Off Concert on Sunday, February 24, at 3:00 p.m. in First Lutheran Church, 364 E Water St., Galesburg.
The concert will showcase the program for the choir's 2019 Midwest Tour. From March 13 through March 18, the choir will be performing concerts in Iowa City, Iowa; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota; and Chicago, Illinois.
The program features a wide variety of songs, from Vytautas Miškinis’ complex and powerful "Lucis Creator Optime" to Tarik O’Regan’s intense and ethereal "Turn."
This year, the Knox College Choir had the unique opportunity to work with South African composer and choral director Dr. Michael Barrett. Barrett is director of choral activities at the University of Pretoria and conductor of the internationally recognized Tuks Camerata.
Barrett visited Knox College on January 30-31 for a two-day residency, where he held a workshop on South African music and dance. During his residency, he rehearsed four of his pieces with the choir: " Indodana," "San’bonani," " Nda Wana," and "Namhla Kudibene." All of these pieces will be featured in the Send-Off Concert. Choir members Eddy Freeman, Alex Heston, Einar Pieler and David Petrak will be featured as soloists.
Knox Send-Off Concert Program
"Si Ch’io Vorrei Morire" - Claudio Monteverdi
"Super Flumina Babylonis" - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
"Richte Mich Gott" - Felix Mendelssohn
"Lucis Creator Optime" - Vytautas Miškinis
"Turn" - Tarik O’Regan
"Let My Love Be Heard" - Jake Runestad
"Veniki" - Traditional Russian, arr. F. Rubtsov
" Indodana" - arr. Michael Barrett and Ralf Schmitt
"San’bonani" - Traditional greeting in the Zulu culture, arr. Michael Barrett
" Nda Wana" - Traditional game song from the Venda culture, arr. Michael Barrett
"Namhla Kudibene" - Traditional war song from the Xhosa culture, arr. Michael Barrett
Knox Chamber Singers (to be selected from):
"Marsh Flowers" - Benjamin Britten
"The Evening Primrose" - Benjamin Britten
"Lux Aurumque" - Eric Whitacre
"Se Per Havervi Oime" - Morten Lauridsen
"A Haitian Noël" - Emile Desamours