First Bel Canto Performance

Yesterday, I sang in my first concert with the Bel Canto Company, a professional chorus here in the Greensboro area. It was a real treat to sing with this amazing choir, and it has certainly been a long time since I have been challenged with hard (yet fulfilling) music. Dr. Welborn Young is an excellent conductor. I was constantly challenged by his keen ear. Also, the repertoire was quite fun to sing.

Very often as a strong singer, I have to hold back my voice in order to blend and balance with other choir members. This was not the case in this choir. There were so many soloist-level singers in Bel Canto! Here is the program that we sang for the American Guild of Organists Region IV Convention:

Rytmus (Ivan Hrusovsky)

Lux Aurumque (Eric Whitacre)

Der Geist hilft unsrer schwackheit auf, BWV 226 (J.S. Bach)

Let the People Praise Thee, O God (William Mathias)

The Old Church (Stephen Paulus)

Spirituals from Harlem Songs (Gwyneth Walker)

Elijah Rock (Moses Hogan)

Twa Tanbou (Sydney Guillaume)

Past Life Melodies (Sarah Hopkins)

Stomp Your Foot from The Tender Land (Aaron Copland)

Sure on This Shining Night (Morten Lauridsen)

Saint Louis Blues (W.C. Handy, arr. Hall Johnson)

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