Chorale to sing on Halloween

Shauna Carter

The Kent State Chorale is set to sing on Halloween in the Ludwig Recital Hall in the Music and Speech Center at 3 p.m.

Scott MacPherson, director of choral events, said it was just a coincidence the concert fell on Halloween this year.

“It is Halloween, so we are trying to do a couple pieces that have a little bit of a Halloween feel,” MacPherson said.

“Otherwise it is a typical chorale concert with a variety of pieces. It is a program of music with several centuries.”

Music that will be performed dates back to the early 16th century. One piece the chorale will sing is, “Gamelan,” which is sang without any words, but, instead onomatopoeias, such as “dong,” “deng,” “dung,” “dang” and “ding,” that are made from the Javanese gamelan instrument. In celebration of Halloween, the chorale will sing “Zigeunerleben” also know as “Gypsy Life” and “Jabberwocky” from the book “Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There,” a sequel to “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”

Stephanie Sanker, senior music education major, said, “We have a selection of pieces to do. There are some really cool pieces this semester. We have a varying repertoire from German to French to English pieces.”

Sanker said the chorale is also premiering a piece, “An Irish Blessing,” that was commissioned (a piece written just for the chorale) by Dr. MacPherson and the Kent State Chorale.

The Chorale is one of five choral ensembles in The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music.

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