Choirs from Bridgewater College to Perform on Sunday, April 2

A music conductor stands at center stage with his arm raised and back to the audience. Members of the choir stand before him, facing the audience. The audience is seated in pews.

Three choirs at Bridgewater College, under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Ryan Keebaugh, will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 2, in the Concert Hall of the Carter Center for Worship and Music. The concert will commemorate 400 years since the death of William Byrd by celebrating the music and inspiration grown from the depths of English Renaissance.

The Treble Choir will open the program with “Flight” by Craig Carnelia and “Missa Brevis in D” by Benjamin Britten.

The Chorale will continue the program with “Walk Together Children,” a traditional spiritual arranged by Moses Hogan. “If Ye Love Me” by Thomas Tallis will follow, then “Flight Song” by Kim André Arnesen. The Chorale will then perform two works by Ola Gjeilo, “Dark Night” and “Evening Prayer,” with adjunct professor of music Anthony Cincotta on tenor saxophone for the latter. Sarah Henneberger ’24, a digital media arts major from Glen Allen, Va., is the featured soloist on the next song, “Only in Sleep” by Ēriks Ešenvalds. The Chorale will finish with “Witness,” another traditional spiritual.

The Concert Choir will begin with a traditional Appalachian hymn, “Down to the River to Pray.” Afterward, Cincotta will accompany on soprano saxophone the performance of “This is My Father’s World” by Elaine Hagenberg. Music major Hannah Simmers ’25 from Bridgewater, Va., will be the featured percussion soloist on “Living in a Holy City” by Stephen Hatfield. “No Time” by Susan Brumfield will follow. Simmers will again accompany the Concert Choir on djembe for the next piece, a traditional spiritual titled “Over My Head.” The program will close with “Life to Everything” by James Knox.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Choir Concert
When: Sunday, April 2, 3 p.m.
Where: Concert Hall, Carter Center for Worship and Music
Cost: Free and open to the public

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