MOUNT VERNON — The MVNU Music Department will present three concerts to end the school year.
On Thursday, April 20, the MVNU Big Band and Jazz Combo will play an evening of jazz, pop, and rock standards at 7:30 p.m. in the Prince Student Union. They will perform selections by Count Basie, The Tonight Show Band, Glenn Miller, The Carpenters, The Ides of March, and more. They will also offer vocal selections highlighting students Kendra Vosler, Allen Terwilliger, Kathryn Suggs, and Coralie Christopher.
On Saturday, April 22, two separate concerts will showcase six MVNU ensembles. The first concert will feature the Flute Choir, Goliards Chamber Choir, and Chamber Winds at 3 p.m. in Thorne Performance Hall. The program will include the Overture to “Nabucco” performed by the Flute Choir, and “Pentland Hills,” “The Rowan Tree,” music by Percy Grainger, and a tribute to The Beatles performed by Chamber Winds. Goliards will present unaccompanied selections that include a commissioned composition, “Sweet Day So Cool” by Howard Helvey, an African processional, “Vamuvamba,” arranged by Boniface Mganga, and a lively traditional Spiritual. Flute Choir is directed by Jennifer Packard, Chamber Winds by Dr. John Packard, and Goliards by Elizabeth Barrett.
The second concert will feature the Treble Singers Women’s Choir, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Collegians Chorale at 7:30 p.m. in the R.R. Hodges Chapel Auditorium. Treble Singers is directed by Sabina Anderson, Wind Ensemble by Dr. John Packard, and Collegians by Dr. Bob Tocheff. Treble Singers will be singing a wide variety of pieces from the women’s vocal repertoire. Some highlights include a Barcarole by Johannes Brahms and an exciting setting of “Gaudete” arranged by Michael Engelhardt in which Treble Singers will be joined by MVNU percussion students.
The Wind Ensemble’s program will include Steven Reineke’s “The Witch and the Saint,” “Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo” by Malcolm Arnold and Vaclav Nelhybel’s “Festivo” conducted by student director Joanna Grist. Collegians will perform a diverse program from their church tour repertoire as well as other specially selected choral pieces. Mount Vernon Nazarene University entered a choral consortium with 23 Ohio colleges and universities in the Ohio Chorale Directors Association to commission two works to premiere in the 2016-17 year. Collegians will perform one of these pieces by Jake Runestad entitled “Please Stay,” which poignantly addresses the prospect of hope for those suffering from depression and thoughts of suicide. Other highlights will be the double choir piece “I Am the Resurrection and the True Life” by Schütz, and the moving “He Looked Beyond My Faults” by Dottie Rambo.
In addition, this concert will serve as a send-off event for those participating in a mission/concert trip to Croatia and Italy, May 2-18, 2017. The mission trip group will sing a piece written to help bring healing to the city of Vukovar, Croatia, “Dolina Blagoslova, Let it Be.” This piece was arranged for Collegians by MVNU and Collegians alumna Denae Lawrence.