Choir to present home concert

Northwestern College’s A cappella Choir will perform their touring concert in Christ Chapel on Friday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m.

The three-part concert begins with songs that communicate God’s comfort and grace in suffering and sorrow. It will include a black gospel setting of Take My Hand, Precious Lord and Eric Whitacre’s When David Heard, about the death of David’s son Absalom.

Section two of the concert will feature virtuosic choral works, including choreographed opera excerpts, Candide and Under the Sea, as well as nature songs by Brahms and Barnum. In Sounding Sea, the vocalists will sing the sounds of water crashing on the shore, and a Taiwanese folk song will include the onomatopoeic sounds of a steam engine train.

The concert will conclude with a selection of spirituals and the choir’s traditional final song, Beautiful Savior.

The 58-member ensemble is directed by Dr. Thomas Holm, Northwestern music professor and conductor of the Sioux County Oratorio Chorus. The A cappella Choir has performed across the U.S. and spent 10 days performing in Europe last spring; they will be performing in Iowa and Minnesota March 31 through April 3.