Open to the public and celebrating the Lenten season of fasting and penitence in preparation for Easter, the Choral Concert will feature Bluefield College’s Masterworks Chorale, guest conductor Dr. Timothy Sharp, soloists Alexa Schlimmer and John-Scott Moir, and organist Harold Brown.
A “town and gown” chorus with voices drawn from the Bluefield College faculty, staff and students as well as the community, Masterworks Chorale will be performing Mozart’s charming Laudate Dominum for soprano, orchestra and chorus and the lovely Fauré Requiem for soloists, orchestra and chorus. BC’s Masterworks Chorale is well known for its performance of large-scale classical works and selections from the sacred and secular choral repertoire.
Dr. Sharp, a 1974 Bluefield College alumnus, will conduct Masterworks. He is the executive director of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the preeminent association for choral conductors representing more than 22,000 choral directors and more than one million singers across the United States. As the head of the ACDA, Dr. Sharp represents the United States to the International Federation for Choral Music. Before the ACDA, he was dean of the College of Fine Arts at Rhodes College after serving as director of choral activities at Belmont University.
Featured soloists for the program will be Dr. Schlimmer, soprano, and Dr. Moir, bass. Dr. Schlimmer has performed in numerous opera and oratorio roles across the United States and abroad. She was one of two singers nationwide chosen to present a solo recital at the internationally known Spoleto Festival. Head of the music program at High Point University in North Carolina, she has also served as a soloist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and the Mayer-Lissman Opera Company at the Royal College of Music in London.
Dr. Moir, a teacher, performer, singer and conductor with more than 25 years of experience in music, is an assistant professor of music and director of choirs and voice at Bluefield College. In addition to teaching music at numerous colleges, Dr. Moir has performed as a soloist with many opera companies, choral organizations and orchestras in the Southern California and Minnesota areas.
A freewill offering will be taken, and a reception will follow the concert. Bland Street United Methodist Church is located at 2620 Bland Road in Bluefield, West Virginia. For more information, please contact the Bluefield College Office of Public Relations by email at [email protected] or by phone at 276-326-4212.
BLUEFIELD COLLEGE’S MASTERWORKS CHORALE WILL PERFORM AT BLAND STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH AS PART OF A LENTEN CHORAL CONCERT, FEBRUARY 26.
RENOWNED CONDUCTOR DR. TIM SHARP, A BLUEFIELD COLLEGE ALUMNUS, WILL SERVE AS THE GUEST CONDUCTOR FOR THE LENTEN CHORAL CONCERT.