TNCC Choir Presents Spring Concert Featuring 20th Century Works


Published: April 21, 2009

Thomas Nelson Community College’s concert choir will present a spring concert Wednesday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall, Hampton campus. Titled Eclectic Voices, the concert is free and open to the public.

The performance will feature choral works by acclaimed composers Aaron Copland, Giacomo Puccini and Jean Berger. Copland incorporated popular forms of American music such as jazz and folk into his compositions creating pieces that are both exceptional and innovative. Puccini was an Italian composer whose operas, including La bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly and Turandot, are among the most frequently performed worldwide.  A German-born pianist, composer and music educator Berger composed extensively for choral ensemble and solo voice.

“The concert is unusual in that all of the music being performed was composed or arranged  in the twentieth century,” said Michael Sundblad, TNCC’s Music department chair and co-chair of the Virginia Community College System Music Peer Group.

“During the concert, the choir will perform  a perennial favorite, Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs Suite; the Humming Chorus from Puccini’s tragic opera Madame Butterfly and the haunting selection, The Eyes of All, by Jean Berger, among many other classic pieces.”

The concert choir was established at TNCC in 2005 when for the first time in the College’s history, a performance-based course joined the lineup of offerings in the Music Program.  The choir had its debut performance in December 2005 at the College. Sundblad become director in 2007.

“A choir is not unique to TNCC; although only a handful of of our sister VCCS institutions have choirs. This ensemble is not extra-curricular, but is an academic course, MUS 137.  It serves as a general elective and is required for most students who wish to pursue a performing arts baccalaureate degree,” he explained.

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