WILMINGTON — Wilmington College’s two choral music groups will perform at the annual Spring Concert this Sunday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Hugh G. Heiland Theatre.
The College Chorale is directed by Gina Beck and the College-Community Chorus is under the direction of Elizabeth Haskins, assistant professor of music. Jimmy Wiederhold provides piano accompaniment for both groups.
The College Chorale will open the concert with a program titled “The Spirit of Music,” which includes the traditional spirituals, “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel,” adapted and arranged by Roger Emerson; “Wade In The Water,” arranged by Moses Hogan; and “Joshua! (Fit the Battle of Jericho),” adapted and arranged by Kirby Shaw.
The ensemble will also perform “The Song of Purple Summer” from Spring Awakening, by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, and “Hear My Song” from Songs for a New World by Jason Robert Brown. Members of small ensembles are Kala Fox, Andrew Haag, Theresa Knopf, Kristin Savoy, Jessica Fair, Stephanie Randolph and Jimmy Wiederhold, with soloist Brandi James.
The second half of the concert, “Jim’s Faves,” showcases pieces that the late Robert J. Haskins programmed for the College Chorale to sing during his tenure as the group’s conductor.
The College-Community Chorus will perform a set of Manhattan Transfer choral jazz versions of Bobby Troup’s “Route 66,” arranged by Kirby Shaw; Manning Sherwin’s “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” arranged by Alan Billingsley; and “Tuxedo Junction” by Erskine Hawkins, William Johnson and Julian Dash, and arranged by Jerry Nowak.
Guest musicians include Abby Williams on bass guitar, Chip Murdock on drum set and Beverly Drapolik on piano. Also featured are vocal soloists Lori Ann Scott and Gene Ford singing selections “Jim would often play on the piano.”
“Professor Haskins also loved traditional spirituals and often taught them to his singers,” said director Elizabeth Haskins, noting that one of the “most lovely concert spirituals” is “Daniel Saw the Stone.”