University choirs take the music outdoors
April 16, 2004
The University of La Verne choir performed on the Quad Wednesday. Choir
Director and Music Department Chairman Scott Farthing said he thought the singers
would feel liberated by performing outside. Melissa Stahly, Whitney Wickham,
Jennifer Cantero, Jillian Hastings, Brianna Roth, Renee Soliz and Eva Hinjoza
performed works including Sing Me to Heaven and Mouth Music.
After finishing a five-day, 5,000-mile concert tour, the University of La
Verne choirs gave an astounding performance Wednesday afternoon in the Quad
as part of the lunch-time Music on the Quad series.
After performing in front of thousands of people on the concert tour
with engagements in Oregon, Idaho and Nevada the University Chorale
returned to ULV to give the La Verne community a taste of what theyd missed
out on if they were not able to catch any of the tour appearances.
Wednesdays performance started off with the Womens Ensemble performing
pieces from their concert tour.
I think that well do fine because we have been on a choir tour
and the songs are the same, said Corina Dubon, a freshman psychology major,
just before the performance.
The womens ensemble pleased the audiences ears with songs like
Sing Me To Heaven by Daniel Gawthrop, and Sound the Trumpet
by Henry Purcell. The new sounds of Mouth Music by Dolores Keane
and John Faulkner provoked the greatest audience response.
If you cant make out the words, thats because youre
not suppose to, said Farthing. Music on the Quad is a way to bring
artists ... outside in the open, to have a campus that has music, said
Scott Farthing, choir director and music department chairman. Many college campuses
have held similar performances.
Bands, groups and choirs come out and sing to the public in an open environment
welcoming every member of the community.
La Verne has latched on to this idea and is regularly bringing the talents
of the music department out to the public.
We are a part of the music department and its our turn to come
out here and sing, said Cassandra Campos, a junior radio broadcasting
It was a very different and articulate sound that captivated me, even
though I had no idea what the meanings were, said Jackie Avilez, a sophomore
The song was supposed to represent the sound and dance of music without using
real words. It accomplished this and more and the audience gave it their grandest
Following the womens performance came the mens ensemble.
The mens performance matched the high level of the womens performance.
Among the selections were God Bless America by Irving Berlin and
Adoramus te Christe by Orlandus Lassus.
And like the women, the mens performance of Kpanlongo, arranged
by Derek Bremel, created a rhythmic sound.
As the ensemble sang Nathan Lahr accompanied the singers playing a West African
drum to give the performance a heartbeat of percussion.
We were kind of nervous of being out here in a non-acoustic area, but
weve been rehearsing out here and it sounds pretty nice, and better than
we thought, said Michael Stallings, a senior double major in international
business and music. The last performances were by the University of La Verne
Chorale. Their performances of Tango To Evora by Loreena McKennitt
and arranged by Jon Washburn, and The Awakening by Joseph Martin,
were a force of sound that basked the audience with the best sounds a college
chorale can give.
They know how proud I am of them, Farthing said. How can
you not love your job when you work with these kinds of people?