JCJC’s “Madrigals & More” concert Laurel’s First-Trinity Presbyterian Church

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2015-10-13 21:22:43

ELLISVILLE –Jones County Junior College’s Fine Arts Department and the Chamber Choir, JC Voices, invites the public to enjoy an evening of Renaissance music with the JCJC music department at its annual “Madrigals and More” concert, free of charge. The various small ensembles of JCJC students and faculty will be performing at First-Trinity Presbyterian Church in Laurel, on Tuesday, October 27, at 7 p.m. This special event spotlights a diverse group of performers from student ensembles and solos, to faculty solos, and faculty-student collaborations, featuring music from composers such as William Byrd, Thomas Morley, Domenico Scarlatti, John Wilbye, Luca Marenzio, Jacob Handl, Josquin des Prez, Vincent Lübeck, and others.  

Concert hosts, JC Voices, under the direction of Dr. Susan A. Smith will perform a variety of selections from the Renaissance, beginning with a processional featuring singers entering to the stately song, Pastyme with Good Companye, and concluding with, Innsbruck, I Now Must Leave Thee.  This year, the madrigal singers will highlight selections from extremely prolific composers including the Anthems and Motets of William Byrd, the expressive Madrigals of Luca Marenzio, the ever-popular English Ballets and Madrigals of Thomas Morley and John Wilbye, as well as the lesser known works of Jacob Handl.  In addition to Morley’s familiar and popular “fa-la-la” refrain madrigals, JCJC student, Rohini Malkani of Hattiesburg will sing Morley’s rarely performed, It Was a Lover and His Lass with lute accompaniment.  Members of the Marenzio Quartet, which includes JCJC students, Chancee Davis of Terry, Victoria O’Quin of Meridian, David Walker of Laurel and Gary Young of Ellisville, and JCJC Marenzio Quintet, Reagan Arnold of Collins, Amy Champion of Lafayette, Louisiana, Steve Jones of Starkville, Rohini Malkani of Hattiesburg and Alex Parker of Florence, will also be accompanied by Dr. Michael Boyd on lute for two selections, Hor vedi, Amor (Take Notice, Love) and Basciami mille volte (Kiss Me a Thousand Times).  Both the Men’s and Women’s Ensembles will be featured as they each perform a work by Jacob Handl, Canite tuba and Pueri concinite, respectively.  The madrigal singers will complete the Handl set with Pater noster (The Lord’s Prayer). 
In addition to the choral selections, the audience will also hear somewhat rare instruments, including the harpsichord, played by JCJC piano instructor, Dr. Victoria Johnson, the lute, played by JCJC guitar instructor, Dr. Michael Boyd, and the recorder played by JCJC woodwind instructor, Meri Newell.  JCJC organ instructor, Kay Guiles will be featured on the famous 1968 Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ playing, Prelude and Fugue in F Major by Vincent Lübeck.
The JCJC Brass Ensemble, conducted by Tracy Bedgood, will delight the audience with an opening fanfare, followed by Sonata from Die Bӓnkelsӓngerlieder. The Clarinet Choir, conducted by Meri Newell will be celebrating the versatility of William Byrd this year by playing Fantasia No. 4, Quatorde Clarinettes Issy-Paris, and the Saxophone Quartet, also conducted by Newell will revive, Renaissance Suite, arranged by Mike Curtis.  Lindsey Keay, JCJC’s Assistant Band Director and flute instructor, will conduct the Flute Choir in a beautiful arrangement of the traditional, Sumer is icumen in, rounding out a trio of outstanding woodwind ensemble performances.  The “Madrigals and More” concert will also feature the JC Guitar Consort under the direction of Dr. Michael Boyd, with the spotlight on JCJC students, Bryce Kinzer of Gautier, Dustin Logan of Soso and Shane Sims of Laurel.  JC Voices will conclude the evening with the familiar Heinrich Isaac composition, Innsbruck, I Now Must Leave Thee
The concert is free and open to the public. For more information about “Madrigals and More,” or to find out how to support JC Voices or JCJC Fine Arts, call the JCJC Fine Arts Department at 601-477-4094. 

2015 Members of the Chamber Choir and Madrigal Singers are:
Ashley Adams, Laurel 
Reagan Arnold, Collins
Harrison Bryant, Prentiss
Chip Cooley, Hopkinsville, KY
Chancee Davis, Terry
Amy Champion, Lafayette, LA
Elizabeth Hensarling, Tennessee Colony, TX
Katie Hovan, Challmette, LA
Steve Jones, Starkville
Bryce Kinzer, Gautier
Rohini Malkani, Hattiesburg
Kacie McGowen, Laurel
Lydia Myers, Laurel
Victoria O’Quin, Meridian
Alex Parker, Florence
Anna Ruffin, Hattiesburg
Lamar Saddler, Quitman
Phebe Tisdale, Laurel
Devin Vete, Brooklyn
David Walker, Laurel
Rick Woodruff, Petal
Gary Young, Ellisville



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