WCC Choir to Present Holiday Concerts
The Wytheville Community College Choir will present “A Season of Joy,” a concert which will feature the Virginia premiere of Jubilate Deo by Dan Forrest on Tues., Nov. 29, 2016 at First United Methodist Church in Hillsville and on Tues., Dec.13, 2016 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Wytheville. Both concerts begin at 7 p.m.
The 40-member choir will present the Jubilate Deo as preparation for their March 2017 concert at Carnegie Hall in New York. Featured soloists for the local performances are Leslie Mabe, soprano; Tina Wilcox, soprano; and Sara Williamson, alto. The performances will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra featuring Dr. Tim Olsen, a concert organist from North Carolina School of the Arts, and Kevin Matheson, a violinist with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and the Rainier Trio.
The Jubilate Deo, Forrest’s newest major work, was premiered at the Rivertree
Choral Festival hosted by Bob Jones University in June. The Jubilate Deo brings to life the global aspect of the traditional Psalm 100 text, “O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands,” by setting it in seven different languages and drawing from a wide spectrum of musical influences. The performance by the Wytheville Community College Choir will mark only the second nationwide performance using the Chamber Orchestra accompaniment.
“The Jubilate Deo is a beautiful and moving composition. It is quite an honor for the WCC Choir to be able to present this to our Southwest Virginia community. The musicians for this performance are outstanding, so this promises to be an unforgettable evening of music,” said Wytheville Community College Choir director Cynthia Jackson.
Admission to the concert is free; however, donations to the Wytheville Community College Choir Endowment Fund are gladly accepted.
The Wytheville Community College Choir concerts are part of the Wytheville Concert Series. These performances are presented by Wytheville Community College (College Events Committee), St. Paul United Methodist Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, the WCC Educational Foundation, and MacDowell Music Club.