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Concert Choir and Chorale perform for Homecoming

October 22, 2010

The Concert Choir and Chorale teamed up this past weekend to add some extra harmony into this year’s Homecoming weekend.

After a semester filled with preparation, the concert kicked off at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 16, in Dahl Chapel.

With 54 students participating in the Concert Choir and 50 in Chorale, there was no shortage of talent that night.

A variety of music was performed under the direction of Tim Pahel, director of choral and vocal activities.

“I try to program music with a lot of variety so the singers learn about many different styles and so the concert will be interesting as well as entertaining for the audience,” said Pahel. “We performed classical music from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods; American folk songs, hymns, and spirituals; and a piece featuring the dance rhythms and French dialect of Haiti.”

The concert attracted a turnout of nearly 300 people and had hopes for alumni on campus to come enjoy the music, especially those who sang in choir when they attended Monmouth.

Alumni were invited to join on stage with the members of Chorale as they sang a school hymn, “A Flame of White and Crimson”.

Even though this was only the second performance of the year, there was no lack in the excellence from both the Chorale and Concert Choir.

“I felt like we did a really great job. We stepped it up a lot,” said senior Chorale member Anna Bradac. “This was the best performance so far this year.”

The Chorale will perform at the annual Christmas at Monmouth Concerts in December. In March, the Chorale plans to tour the Chicago area and perform in various venues, high schools and churches.

The Galesburg Community Chorus and a professional orchestra will also team up with the Chorale this spring for a performance of Faure’s Requiem. The Choral is planning to travel to Spain in May of 2012.

BY NICOLE OLIN
Co-News Editor

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