Choirs, Brass Ensemble Play to Full House

On Friday, Nov. 13, St. Mary’s Jazz Combo, conducted by Don Stapleson, performed in Montgomery Hall. The ensemble performed with special guest Sandy Mahoney. They performed music by Johnny Mercer, Chuck Mangione, and Chick Corea. (Photo By Matt Molek)
On Friday, Nov. 13, St. Mary’s Jazz Combo, conducted by Don Stapleson, performed in Montgomery Hall. The ensemble performed with special guest Sandy Mahoney. They performed music by Johnny Mercer, Chuck Mangione, and Chick Corea. (Photo By Matt Molek)

The voices of St. Mary’s College Chamber Singers echoed through the recital hall in Montgomery Hall to start off the Choir and Brass Ensemble Concert on Friday, Nov. 6. Many students, families and locals attended either the 4:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. performances.

The concert consisted of the St. Mary’s College Chamber Singers, the St. Mary’s College Choir and the St. Mary’s Brass Ensemble.

The recital hall did not accommodate the entire audience. Many fans listened from outside in the hallway during the 8:00 p.m. performance.

“The whole room was full, and the doors and hallway in back were all full of eager people who wanted to hear everyone singing, which was great,” said first-year Ryan Thompson, a member of the choir.

First-year Megan O’Hern enjoyed the College Chamber Singers’ opening performance of “O Magnum Mysterium” by Tomas Luis de Victoria. “I love it when they sing it forte,” she said. “It’s so powerful.”

The Chamber Choir also performed Morten Lauridsen’s rendition of “O Magnum Mysterium,” followed by “Ave Maria,” by Josquin Desprez and Anton Bruckner.

The lively beat of “Elijah Rock” by Moses Hogan pleased the crowd immensely,  said Thompson. The final song sung by the Chamber Choir was “The Battle of Jericho,” also arranged by Moses Hogan. After intermission, the Choir and the Brass Ensemble came on stage to perform John Rutter’s “Gloria.”

Combining the Choir and the Brass Ensemble enhanced their sound, reverberating it throughout the recital hall. Larry Vote, the choir’s conductor, was satisfied with the choir’s performance. He said that the Choir and Brass Ensemble “came together naturally.

“I’m very pleased; [the] students showed great focus and energy,” he said.

The St. Mary’s College of Maryland Choir, Chamber Singers, and Orchestra will perform Handel’s “Messiah” on Dec. 6 at 4:00 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary’s Church located in Lexington Park.

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