by Carrie Victoria
On Thursday night, April 25, director Dr. Durward Entrekin and the Mount Saint Mary College Choir presented their spring concert titled “A Spring Concert: Music through the Ages” in the Founders Chapel in Guzman Hall. With spring just now making its grand, long-awaited entrance onto the Mount campus, the concert came at the perfect time.
The purpose of the concert was to bring the audience through musical periods in chronological order – from the Renaissance Period to the 20th Century. To introduce the pieces of music in each period, a member of the choir would step forward and give background information on the composers and musical pieces. This structure of the concert kept the atmosphere in the Founders Chapel light, comfortable and personal.
Then, the music started and… magic. Voices echoed off of the Founders Chapel’s walls in perfect harmony, and the notes from the piano soared about the room. The two opening acapella pieces from the Renaissance Period started the concert with a slow, solemn rhythm and tone that had a feeling of waking up from winter and moving into the spring.
The next two pieces were products of the Baroque and Early American Periods and had a more upbeat feel to them. The song “I Am the Rose of Sharon” by William Billings mentioned a lot of being “awake,” “skipping” and flowers. Of course, this is what spring is all about.
With the Classical and Romantic Periods came two very different pieces: one joyful and upbeat, the other slow and somber – both beautiful. Next, Dr. Entrekin played the piano and Kaylyn Kinney, accompanist, played the flute in an instrumental piece named “En Bateau” by Claude Debussy, who was named the fifth best composer of all time.
From the 20th Century came one of the longest, most fun and most entertaining pieces of the concert, a medley from the musical “Miss Saigon,” which is about a romance between an American GI and a Japanese bar girl. Finally, the concert ended with a song that most people in the audience knew, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Paul Simon.
The choir members worked hard to put on this production for the Mount community. When asked about the experience of preparing for and performing in the spring concert, Joseph Mastando, one of the choir members, said, “I’m glad to have worked with such a talented and hardworking choir.”
He’s right. Their hard work paid off, and their talent shined through in the performance.