JC Voices perform in Laurel

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2016-03-16 16:14:12

ELLISVILLE – The public is invited to join Jones County Junior College’s JC Voices for its annual spring concert, “Death Be Not Proud,” on Tuesday, March 29, at First-Trinity Presbyterian Church in Laurel. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and will feature works by Jake Runestad, Seth Houston, Eleanor Daley, Zdenĕk Lukáš, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Kim André Arnesen, Daniel Hall, and others.

The chamber singers are conducted by Dr. Susan A. Smith and accompanied by Ms. Kay Guiles, who will also perform as soloist on the famous 1968 Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ.  The singers will perform contemporary selections from Requiem, Op. 252 by Zdenĕk Lukáš, “Stars,” and “Only in Sleep,” by Ēriks Ešenvalds, “Alleluia,” by Jake Runestad, and “The Reapers All with Their Sharp Sickles,” arranged by Seth Houston.  The audience will enjoy more traditional selections as well, including, “In the Sweet By and By,” “Nearer My God to Thee, Even When He Is Silent,” “In Remembrance”,” Go Down Death,” “Crossing the Bar,” and “The Promise of Living.”   

The group chose “Death Be Not Proud” as a theme for this year’s program to epitomize Lukáš’s own thoughts regarding his Requiem Mass.  Dr. Susan Smith explained, “This program is not an elegy on the tragedy of death, but a deeply emotional expression of the composer’s belief in the survival of spirit and also a declaration of his love of life with whatever belongs to it.”
Dr. Smith further explained, Michael Mills wrote one of the most beautiful pieces of the concert, “Crossing the Bar,” as an exploration of Tennyson’s metaphor of a sand bar to describe the barrier between life and death.  Tennyson was one of the most famous poets of the Nineteenth Century and Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom during much of Queen Victoria’s reign, and he requested that it appear as the final poem in all collections of his work.  This poem described his accepting attitude toward death. From “Crossing the Bar” and “The Reapers All with Their Sharp Sickles” to “The Promise of Living,” featuring guest JCJC faculty pianist, Dr. Theresa Sanchez, the singers will take the audience on a musical journey of songs from early American folk hymns to traditional chants from the Georgia Sea Islands to newly commissioned pieces based on haunting melodies and variations featuring student soloists and instrumentalists. 

JCJC’s premiere vocal ensemble, JC Voices will be in concert Tuesday, March 29, at Laurel’s
First Trinity Presbyterian Church in Laurel.  Members of the vocal group are: 

James C. Cooley, Jr., Hopkinsville, KY
Bryce Kinzer, Gautier, MS
Devin Vete, Brooklyn, MS
Harrison Bryant, Prentiss, MS
Stephen Jones, Starkville, MS
Lamar Saddler, Quitman, MS
Gary Young, Ellisville, MS
Jonathan LaCourse, Long Beach, MS
Reagan Arnold, Collins, MS
(Not pictured) David Walker, Laurel, MS
Elizabeth Hensarling, Patterson, CA
Erica Bridges, Laurel, MS
Chancee Davis, Terry, MS
Sophia Daniel, Hattiesburg, MS
Kacie McGowen, Laurel, MS
Anna Ruffin, Hattiesburg, MS
Megan Ingram, Waynesboro, MS
Amy Champion, Lafayetter, LA
Katherine Hovan, Hattiesburg, MS
Rohini Malkani, Hattiesburg, MS
Victoria O'Quin, Meridian, MS
Alexandria Parker, Florence, MS
Lydia Myers, Laurel, MS
Phebe Tisdale, Laurel, MS 


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