College Community Chorus begins new season

We welcome students, staff and faculty, including retirees, to join the Middlebury College Community Chorus as we begin a new season to prepare our annual Thanksgiving concerts. We rehearse on Tuesday and Sunday evenings, beginning September 12, in Mead Chapel from 7:00-8:30pm. Concerts take place in Robison Concert Hall on Saturday evening, Nov. 18 and Sunday afternoon, Nov. 19.

Our fall 2017 program includes music of heart and home as well as celebration and thanksgiving. Selections from the European classical tradition include O be joyful by Felix Mendelssohn; How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place by Johannes Brahms; Agnus Dei from Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem; and Dona Nobis Pacem, the final movement of J. S. Bach’s Mass in B minor.

Contemporary works include two new compositions by the amazing African American composer Rosephanye Powell, including the text I Dream a World by Langston Hughes and an upbeat gospel-style song I Will Sing; songs of remembrance by Z. Randall Stroope and Dan Forrest, including the poem Good Night, Dear Heart by Robert Richardson (Mark Twain placed its text on the tombstone of his beloved daughter Susy, when she died unexpectedly at age 24); Stand in that River by New Haven VT native Moira Smiley; and a new arrangement of the Vermont state song, These Green Hills.

Please join us before the end of this month for rehearsals once or twice a week, as your schedule permits. No auditions — just come sing with nearly 100 other singers from across the region. Invite College students in your classroom or workplace to join us as well as we come together to make music in community.