by Fallon Godwin-Butler
Melodic waves rang through the Mount Saint Mary College Founder’s Chapel on Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. The Mount Saint Mary College Choir held its Spring Concert directed by Professor of Music, Dr. Durward Entrekin, and accompanied by Kaylyn Kinney. The music ranged from Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer, Opus 52 – better known as the Lovesong Waltzes – and selections from Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables.
The program began with an introduction by Dr. Entrekin describing the waltzes by Brahms. These eighteen pieces are all in a waltz style. As explained to the audience, waltzes are of a ¾ time signature. Signifying the tempo is neither too fast, nor too slow. They were meant for the home and presented in the Salon with two individuals playing one piano. The professor described Brahms’ work by saying, “His music is imbued with a sense of autumnal resignation.”
The performance was invigorating and exciting. The choir showed an enthusiasm for their work that added a harmonious beauty to the performance. Pacing, time, and effortless flow simply exuded from the performers, no doubt representative of the time spent rehearsing.
The musicals sung exhibited the strong and powerful voices both individually and of the group. All the voices were well selected and strong, especially for the solo pieces.
The audience’s attention was drawn and kept throughout. The concert resulted in exclamations of praise and applause. Spectators said it was “powerful”, “beautiful”, and “spectacular.”