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Choir, band, and jazz concerts to be held in February and March

Posted: February 7th, 2020
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The Dordt University Music Department will present a 4th Avenue Jazz concert on Friday, February 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. The concert will feature the 4th Avenue Singers and 4th Avenue Band. Come for a night of big band standards, pop covers, the famous Linus and Lucy tune from Charlie Brown, and more.

The Dordt University bands will present their first concert of the spring semester titled, “Shall we Gather at the River,” on Tuesday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. The Campus-Community Band and Wind Symphony will perform music by Chance, De Haan, Agapkin, Boyer, Maslanka, Posthuma, and more. The central work for this concert is David Maslanka’s Symphony No. 9, Movement 1, which is based on the traditional Christian hymn, “Shall we Gather at the River.” In addition, the Wind Symphony will perform a work by Dordt alumnus, Jonathan Posthuma, titled “My Shepherd will Supply my Need.” This concert marks the preparation of the first set of literature that will be included on the internationally-released album to be recorded by the Dordt University Wind Symphony at the end of the spring semester. Finally, a unique aspect of this performance for the Campus-Community Band is their usage of rehearsal techniques championed by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Having used these rehearsal techniques to prepare for this concert, the band will perform Jacob De Haan’s, “Ammerland,” without a conductor, relying on the non-verbal communication between the musicians.

A choral concert will be held Wednesday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium, and will feature Bella Voce (women’s chorus), Canons of Dordt (men’s chorus), and the 80-voice Chorale. The choirs will explore a wide range of repertoire including American gospel, spirituals and folk tunes, songs from other cultures, lighter arrangements of popular music, and a few musical “surprises” that might just inspire a chuckle or two. Enjoy the beauty of the human voice lifted up in song and praise.