Concert Will Showcase Talents of Student Vocalists

Dec. 11, 2012 — The Allegheny College Chamber Singers will present a free recital on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 3:15 p.m. in Ford Chapel on the Allegheny campus. Twelve members of the Allegheny Chamber Choir will perform three works as a group and 12 duets drawn from sacred and secular works.

Performers include seniors James Baker, Danae Binder, Nicholas Diana, Colleen McCaughey and Robert Patterson; juniors Caitlyn Askey, Timothy Kaspick, Benjamin Kusserow, William McInally and Sara St. Peter; and sophomores Breana Gallagher and Rose Sheridan.

A group of four sacred duets will begin with Mozart’s “Ave Verum Corpus” and “Domine Deus” from his C Minor Mass, followed by “Panis Angelicus” by Cesar Franck and “Benedictus” from the Christmas Oratorio by Saint-Saens.

The singers will also perform eight duets on secular texts. “Sweet Power of Song” is from a collection of Irish songs that Beethoven was commissioned to compose. “Wilt Thou Be Gone, Love?” is a Stephen Foster setting of a scene from Romeo and Juliet. “Phaenomen” by Brahms contains elements of mythology, while astronomy is the subject of Schumann’s “An den Abendstern.” Other duets in the secular part of the recital will include works by Dowland, Carissimi, Cherubini and Righini.

The entire group will sing “Sanctus” from the Faure Requiem, an English “Yawning Catch” and a Mozart nocturne, “Ecco quel fiero istante.”

The Chamber Singers are coached by Vicki Jamison, adjunct instructor in music. Ward Jamison is the accompanist.