Chamber choir showcases talent at local concert

Majestic voices filled the Sinsinawa Mound this past Sunday. Loras College Chamber Choir performed with the Tri-State Choral Society on Sunday at 2 p.m. Chamber Choir is composed of a variety of Loras students. They perform at a variety of events throughout the year, such as Dessert Pops in the fall and at the annual Mysteries of Christmas concert during the winter  season. This concert was a chance for the choir to sing with another area group directed by Loras vocal music director, Dr. Steven Grives.

The choir’s serenade on Sunday featured themes of requiem, rebirth, and renewal. Those who attended said it was a beautiful representation of the spring season.

Grives conducted individuals ranging in religions, vocations, and ages.  Loras faculty and friends, Craig Allen, Julia Grives, Jeremy Mims, and Elizabeth Tyler contributed African American Spirituals to the program. Loras juniors Kathryn Pranger and Amelia Acompanado and senior Christian Stillings performed a variety of solos throughout the programs. The Tri-State Choral Society even brought in renowned baritone Michael Sylvester to sing Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams. In addition, religion faculty Dr. David Pitt played the organ while community member Rochelle played piano. The combination of artists worked together to perform a blended melody of praise.

“I love singing at The Mound, especially with my fellow Duhawks and extended Duhawk family,” Acompanado said. “The acoustics are beautiful in the sacred, circular space. It’s spine chilling. Performing Faure’s ‘Requiem’ is an opportunity I am proud to have been a part of. This style of music is so precious and important to our rich music history in the church and in choral singing. I enjoyed every moment of the concert, including brownies at the end from the Sisters.”

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