Concord University’s Collegiate Singers To Perform German Love Songs
ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University’s choir ensemble, the Collegiate Singers, will be performing Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzes on March 25 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place in the Alexander Fine Arts Center’s Main Auditorium on Concord’s Athens campus.
The Collegiate Singers will perform Op. 52 of the Liebeslieder. Op. 52 is composed of 15 love songs written in German. Dr. Keely Rhodes, assistant professor of music and choir director, says, “The songs have some beautiful text, but there are several funny poems as well. A lot of the songs talk about unrequited love.”
The ConChords, a smaller and more advanced ensemble, will be performing a few night songs from Op. 65 called Neue Liebeslieder. Some pieces will also feature soloists. Dr. Jacob Womack and Ms. Laurel Black will collaborate with the choir, playing the four-hand piano accompaniment.
In May, seven choir members will be going to Italy to perform in a choral exchange. This exchange has come about through the collaboration of Dr. Keely Rhodes’ Fulbright experience. The students, Dr. Keely Rhodes and Dr. David Ball will perform in concerts with two other choir ensembles from two Italian universities.
The Alexander Fine Arts Center is located on Concord’s campus in Athens, W. Va. at 1000 Vermillion Street. The concert is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted and will go towards the spring recruitment tour, April 24 – 27, 2014. The music department encourages students, faculty, staff, and the community to attend.