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WC Choir places New Spin on Sacred Music

WC Choir places New Spin on Sacred Music

Join the Weatherford College choir for their concert “The New Sacred” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the Alkek Fine Arts Center.

The concert will feature reinterpretations of jazz, soul, gospel and classic standards. Admission is free, and the doors open at 7 p.m.

“The concert features sacred music that is uncommonly performed,” said choir director Rob Laney. “Usually the predominant two styles are contemporary worship and traditional. The songs we’ve prepared are neither.”

The WC choir will sing an original reinterpretation of a classical standard inspired by the story leading up to Christ’s passion story celebrated on Palm Sunday.

“When Christ entered Jerusalem to face His fate, the ‘way was prepared’ with palm branches and the cloaks of believers,” Laney said. “His fame too, had been growing as people learned of his miracles and prophesies. To parallel this scriptural crescendo of fulfillment we are re-contextualizing the epic orchestral piece ‘Bolero’ by Maurice Ravel.”

Laney explained the song as a several minutes-long exercise in gradual volume control with the repeated snare drum rhythm serves as a spine to the addition of brasses, strings and pipes.

“The voices are singing the words from the Gospels that tell of Jesus and those surrounding the story of His coming sacrifice,” he said. “After melodies are introduced and increased the key center shifts away from a C major ground-bass and explodes into a distant modulation of a brighter E major. At the same time, the promise of our salvation is sung, ‘On the third day He will rise, Hosanna, one who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

This concert is part of the Alkek Fine Arts Center 20th anniversary schedule of events taking place in April. For a full list of upcoming events visit www.wc.edu/alkek20.

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