SPOON RIVER COLLEGE COMMUNITY CHORUS CONCERTS RAISE SCHOLARSHIP DOLLARS
The Spoon River College Community Chorus presented MESSIAH with an OLIO OF SEASONAL SONGS at the First Presbyterian Church in Rushville on December 8 and at the Evangelical Free Church in Canton on December 9 with over 560 people in attendance. Proceeds from ticket sales will be contributed to the SRC Foundation in support of student scholarships. Since its inception in 2005, the Chorus has raised over $18,000.
The concerts featured over 65 singers from throughout the entire college district; the WIU President’s International String Quartet with student musicians from Brazil, the Philippines, Mexico and Ecuador; trumpet players Matt Buczko and Dan Driskell, flutist Pamela Willison and pianist Gretchen Fuller. The concert was conducted by John L. Davis.
The first half of the concert featured the selections known as the Christmas portion of George F. Handel’s MESSIAH. Soloists included Dave Bishop, Rob Bobell, Pam Willison, Barbi Brewer, Robert Miner, Glenn Nestlerode, Carol Davis, Melissa Walker, Carla Bobell and Jeanine Gaumer. Historically, MESSIAH was first performed in Dublin, Ireland in April, 1742, a little over 270 years ago.
The second half of the concert included beautiful arrangements of traditional Christmas songs such as Silent Night, Carol of the Bells, and Christmas Day in the Morning. The men were featured in an arrangement of Still, Still, Still and the women were featured in a musical arrangement of Robert Frost’s poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.
The concert was produced by Carol Davis with sound and projection assistance from Daniel Edwards and Guy Burkhead. Members of the First Presbyterian and Evangelical Free churches provided ushers and refreshments to those in attendance.
The SRC Community Chorus will present three more productions in 2013. “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber,” featuring the Webber musicals CATS, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Phantom of the Opera will be presented in the theatre in Taylor Hall on the SRC Canton Campus February 22-24. The musical “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” with John Davis as Charlie Brown, Chad Murphy as Linus, Carol Davis as Lucy, Chad Leitschuh as Snoopy, Lori Rude as Sally, and Bob Juraco as Schroeder will be presented May 30-31 and June 1. A joint production of MAN OF LA MANCHA will be presented in July by the SRC Chorus and Many Lights in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Fulton County Playhouse.
The SRC Community Chorus is open to anyone with a love for singing and performance. No auditions are necessary. For more information, visit www.src.edu/foundation and click on the Community Chorus drop down link or call Carol Davis at (309) 647-6395.