Tuesday April 18, 2023 at 8:00pm, featuring: The NOVA Community Chorus, Special Guests from the US Army Chorus, The Arlington Community Chorus and Instrumentalists from the NOVA Alexandria Band.
A beautiful start to an incredible evening! The Combined Choirs & Instrumentalists performing The Battle Hymn of the Republic under the direction of Director Captain Bonnie Alger.
The NOVA Community Choir & the U.S. Army Chorus performing music faculty, Jonathan Kolm’s world premiere of Peace Restored conducted by our NOVA Community Choir director, Dr. Mary-Hannah Klontz.
Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams featuring soloists from the Army Chorus and Blaise Catala, Abass Conteh, Kenneth Marr, & Chad Steffey, percussion.
Director Cynthia Young conducts The Arlington Community Chorus performing an American Folk Hymn, “How Can I Keep from Singing?” The song was originally composed by American Baptist minister Robert Lowry.
The U.S. Army Chorus is under the direction of Captain Bonnie Alger, the first female director in the ensemble’s history! The first song of their inspiring set was Jocelyn Hagen’s, “Someplace.”
The U.S. Army Chorus next performing “Soldier,” by Timothy C. Takach. “The U.S. Army Field Band commissioned Takach to write this piece for the Soldiers’ Chorus in 2020.
Stephen Paulus’ “Hymn for America” was beautifully sung! The level of vocal expertise is extraordinary. It is, one of over 400 choral works written by Stephen Paulus.
Their final song was Free at Last (from Big River) by Roger Miller. Big River is a setting of Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”
It’s always an honor to be able to hear The U.S. Army Chorus.
The final segment of our concert included the Combined Choirs beginning with “Hope Lingers On” by Lissa Schneckenburger and featuring step dancer, Keyshawn Pierce, with Mary-Hannah Klontz & Tatiana Loisha on percussion and conducted by Director Cynthia Young.
This work was made far more meaningful by the tremendously talented dancer, Keyshawn Pierre. He managed to encapsulate so much in his brilliant dance and we were riveted and grateful to be there to see it and feel it.
Mary-Hannah explains, “Andrea Ramsey arranged the work for voiced, percussion and optional body percussion. Body percussion refers to making rhythmic sounds such as clapping, patting, stomping and snapping. Step dancing has its roots in the South African “gumboot” dances performed by gold miners wearing boots. The dancing sent codified messages to coworkers because speaking was forbidden. Step dancing has evolved into a new art popular on high school and college campuses.”
For the final work of the evening, the combined choirs performing Shalom, written by Dan Forrest and featured Hannah Leong on violin. Mary-Hannah, explains, ” Shallom,” directly translates to, “Peace, hello and goodbye in Hebrew, but there conveys an even broader sense of well-being.” Her hope was to have everyone leave with a sense of, “renewed … hope and peace.” The concert was a stunning success all around and we all fet far better.
An incredible evening of music that inspired us all! I can’t wait to see what Mary-Hannah programs for this coming fall semester! Oh wait! I just heard! Next Fall’s concert will be, “Seasons of Love and Life-love songs and more” on Oct. 17 at 7:30. Our guests will be choirs from Justice High School and Glasgow Middle School.”
In the meantime, please join us for our next concerts! Here at NOVA, we have programing from not only our choirs, but The NOVA Alexandria Community Band, The NOVA Symphony Orchestra and The NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble.
• April 27 (8pm concert): The NOVA Symphony Orchestra at the Schlesinger Concert Hall in Alexandria!
Aaron Copland. Fanfare for the Common Man. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17.
• May 5 (8pm concert): NOVA Music Dept. Spring Concert with the choir, jazz, and concert band ensembles.
And this summer in the Northern Virginia Community College Fine Arts Building, room 118 we will have The NOVA Symphony Orchestra!Hope to See You There!
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