Singing for Suppers
The Washington College Chorus and Symphonic Band performed a joint concert on campus December 2, as part of the College’s Festival of the Arts initiative benefiting the Kent County Food Pantry.
The Chorus’s successful debut concert on November 19 earned a standing ovation from a packed Hotchkiss Recital Hall. At the December 2 concert, the group performed traditional music by Vivaldi, Britten and Rutter, as well as several contemporary favorites. The chorus is under the direction of Douglas Brandt Byerly, an adjunct professor of music at Washington College. Byerly also serves as the Chair of Performing Arts at Anne Arundel Community College and as the Director of Music for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
The Symphonic Band presented a mixture of folk songs, marches, and holiday music, including “Flight of the Piasa” by Robert Sheldon, “Folk Song Suite” by R. Vaughan Williams, “Lament and Tribal Dances” by Sweeney, “Candelight Carol” by Rutter, “Still, Still, Still” by Huckeby and “The Crosley March” by Fillmore. The band is under the direction of adjunct professor of music Keith Wharton, who also serves as the Director of Music at Kent County High School and is a founding member and musical director of the Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble.
All of the Festival of the Arts events hosted by the Music and Drama departments are free and open to the public. “All we request is that you bring either a non-perishable food item or a cash donation to the food pantry,” says assistant professor of music Jon McCollum. “The faculty and students involved in the arts here at Washington College wanted to start a tradition in which our programs can help provide for those in need.”
The Festival of the Arts continues with a performance by the Washington College String Ensemble on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. in the Hotchkiss Recital Hall, Gibson Center for the Arts.
The Ensemble will perform a variety of selections, including arrangements of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, “Greensleeves” by Ralph Vaughan-Williams, “Palladio” (“Diamond Music”) by Karl Jenkins, and “Three English Dances” by Joshua Missal. In addition, student violinist Elizabeth Ransom will perform the first movement of the Concerto in A minor by J.S. Bach, and faculty members Grace Kim (piano) and Kimberly McCollum (violin) will perform Mozart’s Sonata in G Major, KV 301.