Busy concert season in BJ Haan Auditorium

Haley Mulder-Staff Writer

The sunrise at the Colorado Rockies, a Mexican fiesta and the deep valleys of Virginia.

With a variety of musical pieces, from all over the world, the concert band and campus community band will be performing at the BJ Haan for the last time this semester on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. All of campus is invited to enjoy a night of musical variety.

“It’s not specifically just a Christmas concert,” band and orchestra director Yurii Henriques said. “It’s a combination of a lot of different styles and pieces.”

“There are some true Christmas pieces that are quality band works,” Henriques said. “But the really quality Christmas works are either chorus or chorus with band or orchestra accompaniment. I focused on picking quality repertoire from the band literature that fit the strengths of the bands we have this semester rather than the season.”

Henriques says that this will make the performance “electric and exciting.”

The piece Shenandoah, by Ticheli, will be performed by the campus community band.

“It’s so beautiful,” Henriques said. “It depicts a breathtaking valley in Virginia, and it comes together as a beautiful piece of music.”

The concert band will perform Fanfare for the Hour of Sunrise, a piece that was inspired by the sunrise over the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

“It has a very mosaic sound,” Henriques said. “It contains the musings of nature and creation all in one.”

A new style of music will also be played by the concert band in La Fiesta Mexicana by Herbert Owen Reed.

“It’s like church meets carnival,” Henriques said. “There will be a special mariacchi band section within the piece.”

Henriques described it as festive: “Bring your sombrero!”

This December there were also many choral concerts held at Dordt. Bella Voce, Kantorei and Concert Choir all performed on Dec. 8 under the direction of Benjamin Kornelis.

Some of the pieces in this concert included Pentatonix’ arrangement of Carol of the Bells, and Michael Buble’s Jingle Bells, along with classical Latin pieces and traditional Christmas hymns like Silent Night.

Two days later, the chorale participated in a service of lessons and carols.  This service occurs every other year at Dordt and is a favorite for the Sioux Center community.

“I felt moved by the music,” freshman Kantorei singer Anna Krygsheld said. “I loved how the audience sang with us during the Christmas hymns. It felt more of a true, natural worship time other than a formal concert.”

On Dec. 10, Jazz Band and Chamber Orchestra held their concert.

Chamber Orchestra performed Mother Ginger, a piece from The Nutcracker, as well as The Christmas Concerto.

Jazz band featured senior Tia Nieuwsma on saxophone and vocals in Only You, composed by Diane Schuur.

All of the concerts are free and open to the public, so venture out to the BJ Haan Friday at 7:30 to enjoy the final concert of the season.


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