American themed choir concert fills Vardell Lobby
Laurinburg, N.C. – As the opening notes of “Hail St. Andrews” floated from the piano, the Vardell Lobby was packed with members of the St. Andrews and Laurinburg community ready to be entertained by the fall concert of the St. Andrews Presbyterian College Concert Choir.
“All of the musical selections were either written by Americans or by composers living or working in America,” said Dr. William McConnell, conductor and associate professor of music at St. Andrews. “We appreciate the opportunity to perform for you and show the wide range of musical activities at St. Andrews.”
In addition to full choir performances, accompanist Sean Moore performed a pair of selections on the piano. McConnell took a turn with a rendition of “The Lord’s Prayer” and dedicated it to the memory of Dr. William Germann, a former St. Andrews biology professor who lost his battle with leukemia last week.
The men of the choir shared a selection from Frostina before the women took their turn. The full ensemble completed the segment with a rendition of “The Road Not Taken.”
McConnell then brought some fun with a selection of spirituals.
“Spirituals have multiple meanings,” he said. “They came down through the oral tradition. It was before there were text messages, iPads, and cell phones, even before walkie-talkies. It was a time when communication happened orally, it happened though singing.”
After a pair of folk songs, McConnell invited four alumni in the crowd to join the choir in the traditional closing piece “A Parting Blessing.”
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