Rochester College’s Music Department will present a music department showcase featuring the RC A Cappella Chorus and the RC Concert Band on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m.
The 40-member chorus will present a program spanning many years and nationalities. Vittoria’s “O Magnum Mysterium” represents Renaissance Europe while Chanticleer’s arrangement of “Where the Sun Will Never Go Down” represents a 20th-century vision of several 18th and 19th century African-American spirituals. Other pieces include works by Andrew Carter and Rene Clausen as well as a new “Alleluia” by Eric Whitacre.
The 70-member Concert Band will present music including a suite taken from Handel’s Water Music. Arranged for the modern concert band, this is an example of music for winds that is almost 300 years old. Frank Ticheli’s “Sun Dance,” a delightful tribute to the energy and spirit of San Antonio, Texas, and a swinging medley of music made famous by Frank Sinatra will also be included. The band includes RC undergraduates and faculty, students from other area colleges, advanced high school musicians and adult community members. The group is directed by RC music instructor August J. Thoma, who is the retired director of bands at Rochester High School.
The Tuesday performance takes place at the Rochester College Theatre at 800 West Avon Road in Rochester Hills, Mich. Admission is free, though small donations are accepted. For tickets or more information, visit www.rc.edu/music, call (248) 218-2149 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.