Emma Vrancik of Cinnaminson, N.J., Performs in College Choir Concert at McDaniel College
McDaniel College junior Emma Vrancik of Cinnaminson, N.J., performs in the annual College Choir Concert at McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, Md. The performance, which is free and open to the public, takes place Sunday, December 2, 7 p.m., in Baker Memorial Chapel. McDaniel's 56th annual tree lighting ceremony follows the concert.
The college choir, under the direction of Margaret Boudreaux, music professor and department chair, celebrates Shakespeare with “The Fanciful Spirit: Songs Inspired by Shakespeare and Others.” The choir is accompanied by senior lecturer in music David Kreider on piano.
The featured work is “In Windsor Forest” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Other works include the classic spiritual “Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit” by William Dawson and a variety of seasonal works, such as settings of the Hanukkah song “Y'mei Chanukah,” the German folk carol “Still, Still, Still,” a Chilean work “Villancico de Cuzco,” as well as “Throw the Yule Log On, Uncle John” by P.D.Q. Bach. The concert also includes the Maryland premiere of a new setting of “Sonnet 128” by Robert Cohen.
According to Boudreaux, “The majority of pieces use texts from Shakespeare plays, such as ‘Tell me where is fancy bred,’ ‘Blow, blow thou winter wind,’ ‘Sigh no more ladies,’ ‘O mistress mine, where are you going?’ and ‘Take, oh take those lips away.’ Some of these well known texts will be sung in multiple settings by a variety of composers and in diverse styles.”
For more information, call 410-857-2599. Visit www.mcdaniel.edu/music for information about the college and the music department.
McDaniel College, recognized nationally among 40 Colleges that Change Lives and U.S. News top-tier liberal arts colleges, is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 60 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 20 highly regarded graduate programs. Its hallmark faculty-student collaborations in research, teaching and mentoring plus hundreds of leadership and service opportunities enrich a lively learning experience that is rooted in a personalized interdisciplinary and global curriculum. Innovative January courses take students to points all over the world while McDaniel’s degree-granting European campus offers a unique opportunity for international study at the only American university in Budapest, Hungary. A diverse and close-knit community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,560 part-time graduate students, McDaniel also boasts a spectacular 160-acre hilltop campus in Westminster, Md., an hour or less from Baltimore, D.C., the Chesapeake Bay, an Amtrak station and BWI international airport.