This past Sunday, the Southwestern University Chorale, directed by Dr. Kenny Sheppard, performed Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Wachet Auf” and “Magnificat” cantatas. Accompanied by an orchestra and an organ, and presented in the Lois Perkins chapel, these baroque pieces were wonderfully sung (and played). The Chorale joyfully sang the pieces which they had been working diligently upon all semester, with solos being performed by Catherine Klassen, David Shaw, Katie De La Vega, Ashley Foster and Zach Zeman, with Brian Miller and Brooke Lyssy performing a duet.
After the performance, Dr. Sheppard stated that not only was the choir “determined to meet the challenge of mastering the technical aspects of the music … [but] was also intent on understanding the meaning behind the notes … everyone was concerned with revealing Bach’s music to the audience, and not so much with revealing [themselves] to the audience.”
The Southwestern University Chorale gives a free and public performance near the end of every semester, as well as singing in chapel services on special occasion. If you were able to attend the one this past Sunday, we hope it was thoroughly enjoyable. If not, we hope to see you at our next concert!