Quincy University’s three choirs will perform “An American Tapestry” concert Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Connie Niemann Center for Music located at QU’s North Campus (17th and Seminary Road). This concert is free and open to the public
Under the baton of Amy K. Stollberg, director of choirs and accompanied by Laura Kammerer and Laura Mackrides, the choirs will perform music composed during particular times during our American history. Students enrolled in Dr. Megan Boccardi’s history class will research the songs and produce presentations to be projected while the songs are sung.
The Concert Choir will sing the Revolutionary War piece “Chester” by William Billings, the Civil War song “Tenting on the Old Campground” arranged by Dale Warland, an arrangement of the folk song “Shenandoah” by Matthew and Shelly Armstrong, William Dawson’s arrangement of the spiritual “Soon Ah Will Be Done”, and “Oh! What a Beautiful City”, a spiritual arranged for women’s voices by Rollo Dilworth.
QU’s newest vocal ensemble, “Vocalocity” will sing an arrangement of “Tuxedo Junction”, made famous by Glenn Miller, a jazz musician who joined the Army during World War II. His aircraft disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel in 1944. The last piece of the concert is a combination of two songs: Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ In the Wind” and “Let the Sunshine In” as recorded by the Fifth Dimension. Soloists are Austin Holman, freshman Communication and Music Production major; Samuel Dust, sophomore Math Education major; Jennifer Williams, senior Computer Science major; and Sage Meleney, senior Computer Science major.
The 20-voice auditioned Chamber Choir will perform “Hole in the World” written as a response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. by Don Henley and Glenn Frey. The women will sing American folk song “All the Pretty Little Horses” arranged by Andy Beck. Two songs about “Johnny”, a Revolutionary War piece “Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier” arranged by René Clausen and a Civil War song ‘When Johnny Comes Marching Home” arranged by Peter Wilhousky will round out the program. Chamber Choir soloists include Annie Weiler, junior Communication and Music Production major; Ann Schuhriemen, senior double major in Music and American Sign Language/Interpreting; Emily Cintron, junior Music Education major; Racin Coelho, senior Music Education major; Hale Brown, senior History major; Autumn Lucas, sophomore English Education major; Genesis Torrens, junior Human Services major.
For more information, contact Amy Stollberg at 217-228-5090.