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Spring music events: Evensong, Choral Society, others
By Kelley M. Arnold
Director of News and Public Information
MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker’s Division of Music presents several spring concerts and events for the community’s enjoyment. The events, with the exception of the second annual Spring Musical Showcase March 24, will be held on the Mount Vernon campus.
The Concert Choir will perform its sixth annual Evensong service Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in Gilder Recital Hall in the Miller Music Building. There is no charge for admission.
“(Evensong) is an ancient, introspective choral worship service drawn from the reading, singing and praying of God’s word,” said Dr. Mark Bowdidge, BPC Concert Choir director and assistant professor of music. “Its origin comes from worship services in the synagogues. The service that we will be performing was established in 1562, and is traditionally performed at night.”
The songs are based on the Psalms and hymns.
“It’s a really neat time when you are just completely focused on God’s word,” Dr. Bowdidge added.
The following Thursday night, March 29, Brewton-Parker’s Choral Society will perform “The Seven Last Words of Christ”, a lengthened cantata that ends with Christ’s death instead of his birth, as many have seen around Christmastime.
“The performance is the seven last sayings of Christ from the cross before his death, which is why we are performing it the Thursday before Palm Sunday,” said Dr. Bowdidge. “The choir will be dressed in all black, and on the communion table will be eight candles. After each of Christ’s sayings we will extinguish one candle. The Christ candle – the last one – will then be extinguished at the end, signifying Christ’s death.”
There will be no applause at the end of this reverent service, and the audience will be escorted out row by row behind the extinguished Christ candle. Fifteen of the 52 choral members are participating musicians from the community. Special guest soloist Dr. Kyle Hancock of Georgia Southern University music faculty will be joined by BPC music professors, Stephanie Fort and Dr. Ben Caston.
The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Saliba Chapel. There is no charge for admission.
Other BPC Division of Music events now through the end of the spring semester include the following:
- April 10 – Dr. Armenio Suzano, associate professor of music, will give a faculty recital at 7 p.m. in Gilder Recital Hall.
- April 12 – The Baron Ringers Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Gilder Recital Hall.
- April 13 – Brandon Pafford, pianist, will perform in his senior recital at 7 p.m. in Gilder Recital Hall. Doug Pittman, tenor, will perform in his junior recital earlier in the day at 3 p.m., also in Gilder Recital Hall.
- April 17 – Brewton-Parker’s Community Wind Ensemble Concert will be held at 7 p.m. in Gilder Recital Hall.
- April 24 – BPC’s Jazz Combo Concert will be held at 7 p.m. in Gilder Recital Hall.
- April 26 – Concert Choir will hold its spring concert at 8 p.m. in Gilder Recital Hall.
- April 27 – A final Spring 2007 student recital will be held at 3 p.m. in Gilder Recital Hall.
All events are free and the college encourages the community to attend.