Singers revive fall concert tradition

Jade Izaguirre, Campus Carrier Assistant Entertainment Editor

On Sunday, the Berry Singers drew an audience of more than 70 to the College Chapel for their first fall concert in three years.

The concert was directed by Harry Musselwhite, Senior Lecturer and Director of Choral Studies, and featured 20 talented vocalists, as well as some collaborative pieces with faculty members and instrumentalists.

The concert opened with “Festival Piece on St. Anne” by Eugene Butler, which featured instrumentalists Matt Soares and Matthew Robinson on trumpet, David Warren and Andy Eddington on trombones and Jordan Epperson on timpani. The performance continued with nine distinctive pieces from different musical eras including selections by J.S. Bach, and Virgil Thompson. Pieces that included faculty members were “Jueves de Sol” which featured adjunct instructor Luther Enloe on guitar and “Cantata of Peace” which featured Adam Hayes, Assistant Professor of Music, on the trumpet and Chaplain Jonathan Huggins as narrator.

The singers expressed their delight to work with alongside 17 faculty members and instrumentalists.

“It was great to get to collaborate with some of the other faculty members and students who joined us with precision and brass,” Senior Kimberly Bagnell said.

The concert ended with “Ite missa est, Deo gratias,” which featured an upbeat percussion ensemble and a trombone solo by senior Ahmad Pruitt, who is also a member of the Berry Singers.

“I am very proud of the singers and the instrumentalists who preformed at such a high level this afternoon,” Musselwhite said.

Other students enjoyed the type of entertainment only given by a choral concert such as this one.

“It was different than what I am used to; it was in a different language. It was a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon,” sophomore Kara Leigh said.

The Berry Singers and Berry College Concert Choir will be performing again for the annual “Lessons and Carols” concert on Dec. 3at 7 p.m. in the College Chapel. 

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