HCC chorus returns for Christmas concert

December 06, 2007|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

A Christmas concert at Hagerstown Community College on Sunday, Dec. 9, will mark the return of the college's eight-member chorus, brought back after a two-year hiatus.

The HCC Chorus Christmas Show is set for 3 p.m. at Kepler Theater.

It will be the chorus' first performance of the year, said choral director Eric Bowman, a music teacher at HCC.

"It's something we've been wanting to do for a while," Bowman said.

The chorus will perform several songs: six from "The Oxford Book of Carols" and another called "An African Noel," based on African rhythms in which voices will act as percussion, he said.

A highlight of the show, Bowman said, will be "Carol of Our Lady," a song composed by HCC student Adam Taylor, an 18-year-old music major from Keedysville. Taylor said the song is written for three parts - soprano, alto and baritone - and is intended to have an old-world feel.


The lyrics, he said, come from a book of 19th-century poems edited by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, an English poet and artist. The song is about the Annunciation, when Gabriel comes to Mary to tell her that she would bear Jesus.

"I sort of got the picture in my mind of all the lords and ladies, something really formal, then this minstrel comes in and wants to sing to them about the Annunciation," Taylor said.

If you go ...

WHAT: HCC Chorus Christmas Show

WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9

WHERE: Kepler Theater, on Hagerstown Community College's campus, off Robinwood Drive, just east of Hagerstown.

COST: Free.

MORE: For more information, call Joe Marschner, 301-790-2800, ext. 509.

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