Fall Choir Concert to Showcase Diverse Selection of Music

November 11, 2014

The Music Department at Mary Baldwin College is pleased to announce its Fall Choir Concert: “Every Voice in Concert Ring,” 7:30 p.m. November 17 in First Presbyterian Church. The event is free and open to the public and features the Mary Baldwin University Choir, together with a cappella ensembles Bella Voce and Baldwin Charm.

The concert showcases a diverse selection of music, including part of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, Paul Chesnokov’s Salvation, and the beautiful What Sweeter Music? of Eleanor Daley. “Our concert celebrates this year’s college-wide theme of ‘Roots,’” explains Linell Gray Moss, director of the college choir. “Through the rich tradition of the African-American spiritual, along with the music of American composers Leonard Bernstein, Eleanor Daley, and Ellen Keating, we explore our American roots. And as we sing music from South Africa and Zimbabwe, and European Gregorian chants, we may explore our ancestral roots.” The choir’s final work, the rousing Hope for Resolution by Caldwell and Ivory, combines Medieval Latin chant with a Zulu folk song.

Moss holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the University of Iowa, and Macalester College. She is active in the American Choral Director’s Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and she has taught for colleges and universities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, and New York.

Bella Vocealso directed by Moss, will also feature a variety of styles and languages, including two Hebrew works and a Ndebele folk song. Baldwin Charm, the college’s pop a cappella group, will perform the current hit “All about that Bass,” along with an arrangement combining “Silent Night” and “O Holy Night.” Baldwin Charm is directed by Kathleen Bell, who holds degrees from Miami University and Florida International University and also teaches at the Shenandoah Conservatory.

For more information call 540-887-7294 or go to go.marybaldwin.edu/arts/musicatmbc.