Assumption College Chorale spring concert

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Anthony Cordoba

This past Sunday, April 17, would be the last time the Chorale would perform as a whole, as a smaller group will be traveling to Europe. In May of 2016, they will be bringing their talents to Prague, Vienna and Salzburg.

The crowd roared with a combination of laughter and applause. The upbeat doo-wop style a cappella ensemble “Come Go with Me” by C.E. Quick was evidently a favorite amongst the audience. It was beautifully performed by a select a cappella group of the chorale, and also contained a bit of humor.

Senior Joshua DellaFera relished in his role as the bass soprano. When delivering his deep voice and singing out, “You never give me a chance,” he glanced at the audience and flashed a smile. The crowd definitely ate it up, as the humor and clapping continued.

Michelle Graveline, director of the Chorale, welcomed the members of the audience and recognized the seniors who would be performing for their last time. Senior member of Chorale Moneil Pierre described his departure as bittersweet.

“I’m looking forward to what’s next for me, but will definitely miss Assumption College and my Chorale family,” said Pierre.

The spring sun illuminated the stained glass of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, resting on the faces of each Assumption College Chorale member. Delivering a moving performance of “If Ye Love Me” by Thomas Tallis, the tone was set for the rest of the Chorale’s annual spring concert.

Throughout the show, song performances were exhilarating from top to bottom. Latin pieces “Exsultate Deo” by Alessandro Scarlatti and “Ubi Caritas” by Ola Gjeilo both awed the crowd and created substantial applause.

Following the two pieces were American folk hymns “I Will Arise and go to Jesus” by John Carter and “Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal” by Alice Parker, both of which were beautifully delivered, containing smooth melodies and flawless harmonization.

Each song held authenticity and passion. The diversity of each song is what makes the Assumption College Chorale so substantial. Their musical choice touches upon various styles, ranging from Gregorian chant to music of the twentieth century.

“For the Beauty of the Earth,” written by Philip Stopford, was discovered by a Chorale student during one of their trips to Ireland. He introduced the idea of performing it, and it has been a favorite ever since.

Organ scholar Christian Copeley, a member of Assumption College’s class of 2019, delivered a profound organ solo: “Prelude in D Major, BWV 532” by Johann Sebastian Bach. The New Hampshire native is both an organist and pianist, and is one of Chorale’s most valuable members.

Colleen Morrissey, a sophomore at Assumption College and a member of the audience, was astounded by Christian’s performance.

“His solo piece was definitely a personal favorite of mine from today’s concert; he is extremely talented,” said Morrissey.

Along with Christian’s memorable performance, “Lighting the Way” by Will Todd was a piece performed toward the end of the concert, but is definitely a focal point. The song effectively represents Assumption College, for it even emulates the school’s motto, “Light the Way.”

The song represents being there for one another and having belief in the community around you on one’s journey.

The concert wrapped up with further recognition of the senior members of the Chorale for their involvement and dedication over the past four years. Following was the performance of an American spiritual piece “Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit” by William Dawson.

The Assumption College Chorale delivered an astounding performance. For individuals interested in experiencing the great talents of the Chorale, future on campus concert dates to take note of are Sunday, October 2, 2016 during Family Weekend and Sunday, November 20, 2016 for the “Sounds of the Season” concert, which will be held in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit.

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