Arts & Culture / Mosaic / Music / February 29, 2012

Knox College Choir prepares for Spain

Debuting a new program before departing for a tour in Spain, the Knox College Choir bid farewell to the college with a concert that sent chills down the spines of the audience.

Directed by Professor of Music Laura Lane, the choir’s performance at the First Lutheran Church this past Sunday, Feb. 19 featured a wide assortment of music, from the Renaissance to the modern day. It also included a piece composed by senior and choir member Edward Davis. Davis, who wrote the piece during last year’s choir tour, set the piece to the words of the Emily Dickinson poem “Wild Nights.”

Part of the concert featured the Knox Chamber Singers, a smaller group composed of members of the choir as a whole. A highlight of that performance section was a solo by senior Christine Woodard, whose voice soared above the rest to fill the church. Later, a second solo by senior Kathy Groat also awed.

Overall, however, it was the effect of the group as a whole that made the concert so memorable. Although made up of over 50 voices, they blended together seamlessly for a performance that left the audience wanting more. Whether the music was slow and haunting or — as one song did — involved beat boxing, all provided something worth listening to. Expect an even better concert a few weeks from now when the group returns from touring Spain.

Katy Sutcliffe

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