Whittier College News Release
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Chorale Bel Canto’s 21st Season Opens
“The Spirit of America”
Spirit of America,” a concert of hymns, sacred songs, folk songs and spirituals
that showcase the nation’s diverse musical heritage, will be presented by
Chorale Bel Canto on Saturday, Nov. 2, beginning at 8 p.m.
Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at
concert will include short pieces from the Revolutionary period, a suite of folk
hymns arranged by James Hopkins and A Testament of Freedom, the writing
of Thomas Jefferson set to music by Randall Thompson, a composer from the
mid-20th century. The final piece is A Sermon from the Mountain, a
haunting and inspirational work by Alice Parker: Parker set several famous
sermons by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. within a cycle of glorious sacred songs,
sung by the full choir, along with an orchestra and four soloists. The soloists
are Chorale members Jean Gothold, soprano, and Gerald Craft, tenor, in addition
to alto Brinetta Thomas and nationally celebrated baritone Wayne Shepperd.
are $12 for the general public, $10 for seniors, and $5 for student rush to
students with identification. Tickets and information are available by calling
the Shannon Center Box Office at (562) 907-4203.
Directed by Whittier College Professor of Music Stephen Gothold, Chorale Bel
Canto is a community-based masterworks chorale, with a mission to present
diverse, high-quality music in appropriate venues throughout the San Gabriel
concerts in the 2002–03 season are Christmas with Chorale Bel Canto, at 3
p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Whittier Presbyterian Church, featuring Christmas
music from the Middle Ages through today, including sing-along carols with the
Glory of Bach and the Baroque,
featuring Bach motets and other works for choirs, organ, and brass, will be
presented as part of
College’s 66th annual Bach Festival at
Saturday, March 8, 2003,
in Memorial Chapel on campus at
final concert will be Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, presented at
Saturday, May 17, 2003,
at First United Methodist Church in Pasadena.
may be purchased for individual concerts as well as for the entire concert
season. Anyone wishing to purchase season tickets can call the Shannon Center
Box Office or visit the Chorale Bel Canto Web site at www.choralebelcanto.org.
18 miles east of
Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional
liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context
of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American
Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is
located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.