The Berea College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, Stephen Bolster conductor, will present their annual fall concert in Gray Auditorium on Sunday afternoon, November 8 at 3:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend, and there is no charge for admission. The choirs will be accompanied by Lindsay Clavere on the piano.
The first half of the program consists of a variety of sacred music performed by the Concert Choir, including a setting of Veni creator spiritus by contemporary American composer Anthony Bernaducci, a full-length cantata by German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach, and a group of pieces by Knut Nystedt, a twentieth-century Norwegian composer with Berea College connections. Bach’s Jesu, der du meine Seele, a multi-movement piece, will feature faculty soloists Mark Calkins and Stephen Bolster, who is also conducting the work. The Knut Nystedt anthems are performed in celebration of the one-hundredth Anniversary of the composer’s birth. Nystedt served as a visiting professor at Berea College in the 1960’s, and was a good friend of Rolf Hovey, Stephen Bolster’s predecessor as conductor of the choir.
The second half of the program opens with folk song arrangements from Norway and Ireland, performed by the Chamber Singers. The Irish tunes, in particular, will be familiar to many in the audience. The Concert Choir will conclude the concert with a group of pieces by American composer Jake Runestad (b.1986). The choir recently participated with the Eastern Kentucky University Choirs and the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Concert Choir in a festival of Jake Runestad’s music at the EKU Center for the Arts in Richmond.