Trinityâ€™s annual Fall Choral Concert took place on Tuesday, Oct. 21. The concert featured all of the curricular choir ensembles: Trinity Choir, Chamber Singers and Voix dâ€™Esprit. A variety of music was performed, including Renaissance pieces, spirituals and a 21st-century pop selection.
â€œBeing in an educational setting, you want to expose your singers to a wide variety of music,â€ said Gary Seighman, director of choral activities. â€œEvery song has its own vocal and artistic demands. I want to educate my studentsâ€”and educate myself and the audiencesâ€”by presenting this variety.â€
Members of the choral groups began preparing for the performance as soon as the 2014-15 school year began. The rehearsal process is extensive, with pieces in various languages and many that require narrowing in on specific sections for analysis.
â€œWeâ€™re not just singing the notes and performing it; thereâ€™s also a lot of heart and mind going into this preparation, and so Iâ€™m hoping thatâ€™s something we can convey to the audience while they perform it,â€ Seighman said.
The Symphony Orchestra Concert also recently took place on Thursday, Oct. 23. The ensemble is comprised of wind, brass, percussion and string players.
â€œWhat is interesting about this concert is that the instrumentation is varied throughout each piece. I play the flute in Ravelâ€™s â€˜Pavane pour une infante dÃ©funte,â€™ which is a lovely French piece,â€ said Lauren York, a senior.
This Sunday, Oct. 26, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform a Halloween-themed concert.
â€œThe last time I programmed Halloween music for a fall concert was 10 years ago, so I thought it was time to do this again,â€ said James Worman, conductor. â€œI am repeating three pieces from that show but adding five new or different works.â€
Selections for performance will include â€œDream of the Rarebit Fiend,â€ â€œDanse Macabre,â€ â€œNight Dances,â€ and â€œGhost Train,â€ as well as several others.
â€œThere are three or four or five things that are special about this concert,â€ Worman said. â€œWe have a student conductor for one of the pieces. This is the equivalent of including undergraduate students in research projects in other fieldsâ€”an opportunity usually reserved for grad students at most colleges.â€
The event will also feature a screening of three silent movie vignettes before the concert at 2:30 p.m., a poetry recitation during intermission, and a spoken introduction by composer Michael Schelle for the performance of his piece, â€œExtraction on No. 9.â€
â€œIn addition to the very diligent and tireless efforts in rehearsal preparation the students have engaged in, I have also provided a fair bit of academic supplements to ensure that the students will perform with a thorough understanding of the music,â€ Worman said.
The concert will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday in the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall.