Hiram College

Student voices will sing in support of Hurricane Sandy victims at the spring choral concert “Bridge Over Troubled Water” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5, in the Hiram Christian Church.

Conducted by assistant professor of music Dawn Sonntag, members of the Hiram College Chamber Singers and Hiram College Western Reserve Women’s Chorus will perform songs from a wide range of styles, centered on the theme of help and asking for help.

Sonntag decided to present this spring’s concert as a benefit concert for Sandy victims after hearing about the hardships East Coast families were facing following the October 2012 storm. Admission to the concert is free, but donations will be accepted and distributed by the Disciples of Christ relief organization, Week of Compassion.

“Music has a way of healing,” Sonntag said. “It can be very cathartic to sing and to listen to music that has text that talks about loss or asking for help, and it can be very encouraging and uplifting to listen to music where help is being offered.”

About 35 students from a range of majors will sing in the concert. Sonntag said singing in a choir can broaden students’ liberal arts education and teach them the transcendent message found in music of the past.

“It helps students … to realize that this music from the past had real meaning, and it still does now,” she said. “It connects us, then, with people in the past.”

The following pieces will be performed, with accompaniment by music professor Randall Fusco:

  • Wir eilen mit schwachen, doch emsigen Schritten – Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Les Roses d’Ispahan – Gabriel Faure, arr. Alan Raines
  • All the Pretty Little Horses – Emily Crocker
  • The Road Not Taken – Dawn Lenore Sonntag
  • Irish  Blessing – Mark Patterson
  • Here’s to Song – Allister MacGillivray
  • You’ll Never Walk Alone – Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
  • Domine, Ad Adjuvandum Me Festina – Il Padre G. B.  Martini
  • He Watching Over Israel – Felix Mendelssohn
  • Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal – Alice Parker, arr.
  • How Can I Keep From Singing – Gwyneth Walker
  • Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen – Ray Charles, arr.
  • He Never Failed Me Yet – Robert Ray
  • Set me as a Seal Upon thy Heart – Renee Clausen
  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters – Paul Simon, Kirby Shaw, arr.

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