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Voices Invited to Join BC's Masterworks

Bluefield College is looking for a few good voices. The college’s Masterworks Chorale will begin rehearsals in preparation for its fall concert, and, as always, community residents are invited to be a part of the college/community choir.

Chris Shoemaker

September 12, 2013

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Bluefield College's college-community chorus, the Masterworks Chorale.

 

Masterworks rehearsals will take place on Mondays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Shott Hall, beginning now and continuing through Monday, November 18 in preparation for the group’s fall performance, Sunday, November 24.

 

This fall’s Masterworks concert will feature “A Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten for chorus and harp. Composed in 1942-‘43, “A Ceremony of Carols” is a setting of Old English and Latin Christmas texts in a fresh, modern style.

 

“Britten was one of the 20th Century’s most skilled composers for voices,” said Dr. Benjamin Thorburn, assistant professor of music and director of MasterworksChorale, “and his choral music is beautiful, challenging and pleasant to sing.”

 

Ringing in the Advent season early, the concert also will include performances by other Bluefield College choral groups, making for a rich and varied afternoon of music. Masterworks participants are encouraged to order a copy of the music prior to the start of rehearsals.

 

Masterworks Chorale is a chorus composed of voices from both the Bluefield College family and the community. The group performs classic choral works in concerts in both the winter and spring. Membership in Masterworks is open to anyone from theninth grade to adult “who loves to sing, can match pitch, and blend with a group.” No audition is required.

 

“Spread the word,” said Dr. Thorburn. “Come and invite your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and church choir members to sing with Masterworks, especially anyone who might have sung with this group in the past, but has lost contact with us recently. As you know, the more the merrier as we join in some wonderful music-making this fall.”

 

For more information, please contact Dr. Thorburn by phone at 276-326-4258 or by e-mail at .

 

 

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