JCJC's JC Voices perform spring concert in Laurel

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2018-02-28 16:15:18

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s JC Voices will present their annual spring concert, “Tears from Heaven: Make Our Garden Grow,” on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at First-Trinity Presbyterian Church in Laurel. The 7 p.m. concert will feature works by Antonio Lotti, William Billings, Maurice Duruflé, Frank Ticheli, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Leonard Bernstein, and others. The public is invited to attend this free event.

Everything from Renaissance and Classical sacred music to secular twentieth-century selections and Bernstein’s Broadway favorites, “Somewhere,” from West Side Story and “Make Our Garden Grow,” from Candide, in celebration of the anniversary of the composer’s birth, will be featured in this concert. The program will also feature the women’s ensemble performing four movements from Pergolesi’s, “Stabat Mater,” and the men’s ensemble singing the hauntingly beautiful, “Prayer of the Children,” arranged by Andrea Klouse.

The Chamber Singers are conducted by Dr. Susan A. Smith, with assistant director Jennifer Bruton, and accompanied by Dr. David Goldblatt. This year’s program will also feature new faculty percussionist, Kristopher Grant and retired JCJC Organ instructor, Kay Guiles. The singers will begin the program with, “When Jesus Wept,” by William Billings, followed by Edwin Fissinger’s, “Clap Your Hands,” and “Ubi Caritas,” by Maurice Duruflé. 

“The group chose ‘Tears from Heaven: Make Our Garden Grow’ as a theme for this year’s program to share, through music, thier love for life. The songs express both in text and music all the emotions they experience as they begin their adult lives, from sorrow and gladness, to fear and courage, and the joy that comes with living life to its fullest. The singers beckon the audience to embrace joy, live without fear, and see the world in a positive light, through new eyes, and let the tears of heaven help make our garden grow,” said JC Voices director, Dr. Susan Smith.

JC Voices’ inspirational and eclectic evening of music ranging from Antonio Lotti’s, “Crucifixion,” to Dave Matthews’ “Gravedigger,” will elevate your spirit as Easter approaches. For more information, contact the Fine Arts Division at 601-477-4203. 

 

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