Northwestern College presents concerts in April and May

The Northwestern College music department will present a series of concerts in April and early May, featuring music from the Women’s Choir, Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Orchestra and Trombone Ensemble. The concerts will be held in Christ Chapel and are free and open to the public.

On Friday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m., the Women’s Choir will perform repertoire that captures both the joys and sorrows of the human experience. “Kafal Sviri,” a Bulgarian folk tune, and a lush arrangement of Claude Debussy’s “Beau Soir” speak to the gifts of youth and love, while “Storm Comin’” by folk/bluegrass trio Wailin’ Jennys and Matthew Culloton’s “Famine Song” express some of life’s hardships. The concert will also include guest appearances by a student-led men’s quartet and a mixed a cappella ensemble.

On Saturday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m., the Jazz Band will showcase a number of jazz standard classics, such as “I Got Rhythm” by George and Ira Gershwin; “Sophisticated Lady” by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills and Mitchell Parish; Gordon Goodwin’s “The Jazz Police”; and “On the Street Where You Live” from the Broadway musical “My Fair Lady.” Kevin Linder, Northwestern’s trumpet instructor, will be a featured soloist.

At 7:30 p.m. on April 26, Northwestern’s Symphonic Band will bring audiences a “night at the movies” with selections from some of the most well-known films. Highlights include John Wasson’s arrangement of the “Pirates of the Caribbean Symphonic Suite,” selections from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” the “Theme from Schindler’s List” arranged by Calvin Custer, and John Higgins’ arrangement of “The Lion King.”

Rounding out the department’s season of concerts and recitals, Northwestern’s Orchestra and Trombone Ensemble will perform Friday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m.

The public is also invited to a joint concert of Northwestern’s A cappella Choir and the Sioux County Oratorio Chorus on Saturday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel. The two choirs will perform Mozart’s Requiem, accompanied by a chamber orchestra. For more information, visit the Sioux County Oratorio’s Facebook page.