Musical Notes: Fall Recitals and Performances

BENJAMIN K. PAPLHAM AND SAMANTHA KOLB | ENTERTAINMENT COLUMNISTS

On October 21st, the choirs of St. Norbert College put on an autumn concert with the theme “Music in My Mother’s House.” The concert went extremely well, with friends and families of the choral students praising multiple pieces that were sung. I had the chance to ask Dr. Sarah Parks some questions regarding the concert and what her opinions were on how it went. When asked why she chose the pieces for the concert, Dr. Parks said that in the spring of 2016, before the SNC choral students left campus for the summer, she asked them to think of 3-5 songs that made them think of home. Songs that was special to their parents and grandparents. Most of the songs from the concert came from the student responses.

On October 28, 2016, the Dudley Birder Chorale performed their annual “All Saints Day Concert” in the Walter Theatre at 7:30. Its namesake and founder, the ageless Dudley Birder, conducted the 43rd performance. Among the pieces Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and John Rutter’s “Requiem”, which Birder cited as his favorite choral/orchestral composition. Per tradition, the concert will finish with the Vaughan-Williams hymn “For All the Saints”. The Catholic Church celebrates All Saints Day on November 1. Officially known as the Solemnity of the Saints, the day commemorates the lives of people whose souls are recognized to be in heaven. Practicing the Holy Day is the belief that there is a spiritual connection between the living and the dead. It is in this spirit of unity that the concert is performed, as its purpose is in remembrance of loved ones, both living and deceased.

St. Norbert College’s Concert Band and Wind Ensemble will perform their Autumn Band Concert on Friday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m in the Walter Theatre. Directing the bands this year is the Interim Director of the Bands, Michael Lund Ziegler. The Concert Band will showcase an overture by Charles Carter, a beautiful piece by Steven Bryant, and the folk song suite of Ralph Vaughan Williams. The Wind Ensemble will present an overture by Felix Mendelssohn, an intimate 10-player serenade by Vincent Persichetti, and close with John Mackey’s “Aurora Awakes”. Though Ziegler loves all the music in the program, he believes Mackey’s is something particularly special, describing it as a “beautiful, if not heroic, depiction of the coming of light from darkness”. When asked why he believes it’s important for the SNC community to be involved in musical events, Ziegler responded: I think music has a unique ability to bring people together… Especially in a time like this one, wherein it is so easy to get in arguments and to fall into divisiveness, taking advantage of every opportunity to come together in a shared experience could not be of more value.” SNC students with an ID are admitted free, while general admission tickets are $7 ($6 price plus $1 facility fee).

The Middle Level Honors Band will perform their concert on Saturday Nov. 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. in the Walter Theatre. Running the concert is Interim Director Michael Lund Ziegler. The Band is a special opportunity for students in 7 th -9 th grades. They have one day to put together a full concert, registering at 8:30 in the morning, rehearsing for most of the day, and performing in the late afternoon. The event is unlike any other at SNC. Attempting to put together an entire concert in one day on any level is a daunting task, but it’s also a unique experience. The concert is free and open to the public.

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