Clark College choirs to perform concerts

Choral concert to be held March 12 and Concert Choir to perform March 14

VANCOUVER — The Clark College Treble Ensemble and Clark College Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Jacob Funk, will present their Winter Concert on Thu., March 12, 7:30 p.m. at the Vancouver First United Methodist Church, 401 E 33rd St, Vancouver.

Dr. Jacob Funk directs the Clark College choirs. Photo courtesy of Clark College
Dr. Jacob Funk directs the Clark College choirs. Photo courtesy of Clark College

The Clark College Concert Choir, also under the direction of Dr. Jacob Funk, will present their Winter Concert on Sat., March 14, 7:30 p.m., also at the Vancouver First United Methodist Church.

Treble Ensemble and Clark College Chorale

Come hear inspired repertoire performed by the musicians of Clark College. The Treble Ensemble will perform some of the most difficult repertoire they’ve undertaken in the last four years, including a tonally arresting arrangement of a Ukrainian folk song called Sida Rudaia. Another featured piece is KidSong by Stephen Caldwell, where the audience will hear seven children’s songs in combinations and meters that they would never expect. Other composers featured are Andrea Ramsey and Sarah Quartel.

The Chorale will take the stage after the Treble Ensemble has finished and present a diverse program featuring some choral favorites. Traditional favorites like Handel’s Hallelujah, Amen from Judas Maccabaeus and Copland’s Zion’s Walls are joined by more recently composed pieces like Trotta’s When Music Fills the Air. Probably the most stunning piece of the set is Kyle Pederson’s Can We Sing the Darkness to Light? with text by the composer. In it, he invites the audience to see how beautiful the world could be if the human experience is defined not through continued judgement of others, but through the lens of mercy and compassion.

Concert Choir

The Concert Choir continues to grow in musicality and artistry. The overarching theme for the program is finding out who you are as a person. The opening piece, Here, by Oregon composer Josh Rist, asks the singer and audience to enter a space of existential questioning. The remaining pieces all interact with the main question in an oblique or overt way. Other composers featured are Jake Runestad, Saint-Saëns, Antonio Estévez, and David von Kampen.

Admission to the performances are free and open to the public. Donations to the Clark College Music Department are welcome at the door.

For complete information about all the Clark College Music Department concerts including the orchestra, concert band, jazz ensemble, and choirs, please see http://www.clark.edu/campus-life/arts-events/music/music-concerts.

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