The Iowa Wesleyan College Choir, the Mount Pleasant Chorale and a large number of guest instrumentalists, under the direction of Dr. Jamie Spillane, will present a concert of uplifting choral music entitled In Praise of Spring on Sunday, April 17, at 4:00pm.in the Iowa Wesleyan College Chapel.
The concert will center around Paul Basler’s Missa Kenya, which is a piece for choir and solo horn in Latin but with African rhythms and strong percussion. Steve Rod of Mt. Pleasant will be the horn player and Dr. Joel Brown will accompany on piano with Dr. David Johnson and Will Carillo on percussion. Brown and Johnson are on the music faculty at Iowa Wesleyan; Carillo, of Iowa City, is a student at Iowa Wesleyan.
Another highlight will be a guest artist soprano Erika Brown Thomas, daughter of Dr. Joel Brown, and Kevin Bourassa, Dr. Brown’s son-in-law, on trumpet. They will performing Bach solo cantata #51 with string players from the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra. The Iowa Wesleyan College Broad Street Singers will perform arrangements made popular by the King’s Singers and the afternoon will also include Brahms The May Night, Gwyneth Walker’s How Can I Keep From Singing and Dona nobis pacem, the finale from Bach’s B Minor Mass with SEISO brass and strings along with Iowa Wesleyan Associate Professor Emeritus Carl Moehlman on organ.
$5.00 suggested donation at the door.