This past Friday night, Oct. 5, Fletcher Lounge was packed with an audience eagerly awaiting the performance of three groups for the Fall Choral Concert. The Women’s Glee Club performed first, followed by the Men’s Glee Club and the Chamber Singers, all of which are directed by Dr. Ryan Hebert. The Women’s Glee Club performed three pieces: “Confitemini,” “What Sweeter Music” and “I Thank You God.”
Freshman Glory Nix, who sings with the Women’s Glee Club said, “My favorite song the group performed was “I Thank You God,” because though it was really challenging and the group had to work exceptionally hard on it, it was a great piece of music to sing.”
Nix, who intends to double major in international and cultural studies and performing arts, is both passionate and enthusiastic about Glee Club. She would also like to pursue her goals of auditioning for the spring play and Chamber Singers. She said her favorite aspects of performing are the times spent practicing the pieces and the sense of accomplishment that comes when the audience responds nicely.
The Men’s Glee Club performed four pieces: “Gloria,” “How Can I Keep from Singing?” “Bound for the Promised Land” and “For the Longest Time.” They possessed an infectious energy, particularly during their final piece, which was composed by Billy Joel.
The Glee Club members were snapping and swaying as they surrounded soloist Emmanuel Carrero, who belted out the lyrics. Their exuberance and joy was prominent.
The Chamber Singers, who concluded the evening’s concert, performed four pieces: “Veni Sancte Spiritus,” “Abendlied, Op. 69, No. 3,” “There Is No Rose” and “Cindy.” “Cindy” was the quintessential folk music piece. The group really got into character with this one, incorporating energetic clapping and dancing.
It was an entertaining and fun piece enjoyed by both the audience and performers. The Chamber Singers have even been invited to travel to Europe on a performance tour. For more information and to help donate, visit www.ut.edu/choralandvocal/chambersingers.
According to Dr. Hebert, the three groups had been practicing twice per week for about four and half weeks for this performance. The time and effort they put into it allowed them to showcase their talent. The groups were professional in dress, attitude and skill. When asked about the theme for the evening’s concert, Dr. Hebert cleverly quipped, “The theme is variety.” The next vocal concert will be Dec. 2, with more information soon.
Samantha Delle can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org