The Spring Knox College Choir (KCC) concert on Friday night was the final concert of the year and, for graduating seniors, their last show. The concert was at the First Presbyterian Church and included a reception afterwards as part of President Teresa Amott’s installation week festivities.
The choir sang “Kyrie, from Pissa Brevis, K. 194,” a Mozart piece, with piano accompaniment by Staff Accompanist and Piano Instructor Megan Clewell. She assisted on all songs that included piano.
Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities Laura Lane welcomed the audience and explained the next song, “Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30,” adapted from Christopher Smart’s poem “Jubilate Agno.” Lane said the song examined the holiness of all things, including Smart’s cat, flowers and music. She also mentioned Smart’s mental issues. She described the “tenderness, anger and joy in [Smart’s] words put to music.” This song included four solos, all by seniors: soprano Kathy Groat, alto Victoria Ezell, tenor Alex Lindgren and bass Ed Davis.
The Knox Chamber Singers came onstage to sing “When I…,” a Cycle of Miniatures by Vytautas Miškinis, with words by Rabindranath Tagore. They followed by singing Sârba pe scaun, a Romanian dance song arranged by Alexandreu Pașcanu.
Senior Jessie Johnson, the Choir President, explained that this concert marked the last time the seniors would sing as official parts of the KCC.
The full choir returned to the stage to sing “Youth and Pioneers: An Ode.” The choir commissioned this song in honor of the 175th anniversary of Knox. The lyrics were adapted from Carl Sandburg’s 1937 Old Main Rededication Speech and put to music by Associated of Applied Music Daniel Godsil. The suggestion to commission a song came from Amott, who further suggested yearly commissions to Lane.
Next, the choir sang, “All Works of Love” with words by Mother Teresa, arranged by Joan Szymko. Finally, they sang “El Vito,” a Spanish folk song arranged by Mack Wilberg.
The students all listed different favorite songs, but “El Vito” and “Pioneers” were popular, as was the Britten and the Romanian dance song, which some enthused children referred to as “the stompy one.”
Senior Christine Woodard said, “I truly believe that there can be no greater experience than to share your heart, soul and voice with the Knox College Choir.”
The Knox College Choir put forth great effort into their last concert, and the results were beautiful and moving.