The public is invited to attend a choral masterworks concert by the JJC Chamber Singers and the JJC Chorale on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre on¬†Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.
The choirs, under the direction of Professor of Music Philip Spencer, will present¬†a special program¬†entitled “The Bard, the Beatles, and the Berlin Wall: Three Anniversaries Celebrated in Song.”¬†It will feature music related to the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare in 2014, the 50th anniversary¬†of the Beatles‚Äô first concert in America, and the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
Two major choral works on the program will be “Music To Hear,” a suite of five Shakespeare texts set to vocal jazz by the well-known 20th century jazz pianist and composer George Shearing, and five movements from the oratorio “Elijah” by Felix Mendelssohn. In addition, the program will include choral arrangements of three popular Beatles tunes, a Beatles ‚Äúsing along‚ÄĚ with the audience, and a gospel-style arrangement of Beethoven‚Äôs “Ode To Joy” for choir and percussion.
Assisting the¬†60 singers will be several JJC faculty artists: Tracey Ford, soprano; Richard Moore, saxophone; David Nuccio, electric bass;¬†Zach Bloomfield, reader; as well as several student soloists.
Tickets for the Masterwork Concert, available at the door one hour before the performance, are $5 general, $4 seniors, JJC Faculty and staff, and non-JJC students, and $2 JJC students. For more information, contact the Fine Arts Office at (815) 280-2223.
The JJC Chorale, a¬†community choir, invites all people of high school age and older who enjoy singing to join them the beginning of the fall and/or spring semesters. No audition is required to join, prior singing experience is desirable, and the ability to read music is not required. Additional tenors and basses are especially welcome.
The JJC Chamber Singers is an auditioned choral ensemble that performs at the annual MadriGala Feast in the fall and the Choral Masterworks Concert in the spring.¬† As musical ambassadors of the college, the JJC Chamber Singers also perform for schools, churches, and civic organizations.
For more information about the Fine Arts¬†music program,¬†visit http://www.jjc.edu/academics/divisions/arts-sciences/fine-arts/music/Pages/default.aspx.