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Reflections on DC

It’s been roughly half a decade since my last tour with a choir, and this year my return to the grand adventure was set in the area of our nation’s capital. Over the course of two days, we spent about six hours roaming the city on free time. I was very happy to finally mark a couple spots in Washington off my list of places to see, but at the same time I couldn’t help but take serious notice of the monster surrounding me. I truly do not wish to become one of those who politicize every aspect of life, but the message and atmosphere in DC is so overwhelming it cannot simply be ignored. I came away from Washington not with a sense of awe or pride in our nation, but rather with great sadness.

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NCSU Choirs Spring Concert

On Friday, 5 April at 7:00pm, the State Chorale, Vox Accalia (NCSU’s women’s choir), and Singing Statesmen (NCSU’s men’s choir) will host their annual spring concert at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Raleigh, NC.

Each choral group will be presenting the best of the music they have rehearsed this semester. The State Chorale (my group) will sing:

“Salmo 150” – Ernani Aguiar

“Justorum animae” – Charles Villiers Stanford

“An Die Heimat” – Johannes Brahms

“O Adonai” – Roderick Williams

Three Shakespeare Songs – Matthew Harris

“Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind”

“And Will A’ Not Come Again”

“When Daffodils Begin to Peer”

“Am I Born to Die?” – Trad. Appalachian, arr. Dwight Bigler

“Turkey in the Straw” – Trad. Appalachian, arr. Dwight Bigler

“We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace” – Trad. Spiritual, arr. Moses Hogan

“John the Revelator” – Trad. Gospel Blues, arr. Caldwell/Ivory

I have been honored with the Celebrant solo in Roderick Williams’ Advent antiphon, “O Adonai,” likely placing me alone in the front of the church. I don’t even like being in the front row of the choir, so here’s to stressful adventures!

This concert is open to the public.

Tickets (also available at the door, cash or check only):
$10 Public
$8 Senior Citizens, Students, NCSU Faculty & Staff
$5 NCSU Students
(Children under 12 free with ticketed adult.)

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