Concert Chorale, Vocal Jazz salute Beatles, Sondheim, in spring event

Described as a “light, spring like concert,” the HCC Concert Chorale and the Vocal Jazz Ensembles worked their magic April 22 in the Stringer Fine Arts Center.

One song was a beauti-ful work for women’s voices, piano, and french horn on the poem “Barter” by Sara Teasdale.

The singers took a cruise to the Caribbean in a piece called “Jamaican Market Place.”

There were some beautifully re-harmonized works based on the Beatles tunes “Blackbird” and “In My Life.”

The men of the Chorale   presented a memorable arrangement of Sting’s “Fragile.”

Director Neal Allsup said his favorite piece was a lush arrangement of Stephen Sondheim’s “Send In The Clowns.”

“I think the students’ favorite had to be the romping gospel piece ‘I Sing Because I’m Happy!’” Allsup said.

Both vocal jazz ensembles presented several works each “to once again demonstrate why the HCC Vocal Jazz program is so highly regarded around the nation,” the director said.

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