Brought To You By the Letter "B!"

The GAMAC Chorale and Orchestra under the direction of Don R. Campbell will present Brought To You By the Letter “B” on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7:30pm at Boulevard Baptist Church. Celebrating the music of Leonard Bernstein, Johannes Brahms and Ludwig von Beethoven, the GAMAC Chorale will be joined by members of the Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) Concert Choir and soloists.

The evening will begin with Leonard Bernstein’s beloved Chichester Psalms. Commissioned in 1965 for the Southern Cathedrals Festival at Chichester Cathedral, the work actually premiered in New York’s Philharmonic Hall with Bernstein himself conducting. The piece is noted among singers for its musical difficulty with the first movement often considered one of the most difficult passages for tenors ever written! Southern Wesleyan University Concert Choir tenor Tanner Lambert and alto Sarah Gray will be featured as soloists along with GAMAC Chorale members Karen Campbell and Addrian Wilson. Caleb Yon of the GAMAC Children’s Chorus will also be a featured soloist. Selections from Johannes Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes will follow with soloists Michelle E. Jarrell, soprano and Joseph Michael Brent, tenor.

GAMAC’s 24th Concert Season will conclude with Ludwig von Beethoven’s bold and brilliant choral finale to his famous Symphony No. 9 in D minor- the “Ode to Joy.” Recognized as one of Beethoven’s most well known musical settings, the text is based on the poem of the same title written in 1785 by German poet, playwright and historian, Friedrich Schiller. Beloved as both a protest anthem and a celebration of music itself, the “Ode to Joy” melody is well known in traditional church music as Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee. The work has also been used prominently in film scores and has become a favorite among “Flash Mob” groups over the past decade. The ode was adopted as the “Anthem of Europe” by the Council of Europe in 1972 and subsequently the European Union. Alto Lucie Svatonova and baritone Sean Anderson will join Michelle E. Jarrell and Joseph Michael Brent for this beautiful finale.

The GAMAC Chorale will be joined by 51 members of the Southern Wesleyan University Concert Choir for this special event. Also directed by Don Campbell, the Concert Choir is SWU’s top performing large vocal ensemble. The group performs an eclectic blend of music from Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic music to 20th and 21st- century music, spirituals, gospel, and Broadway. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with SWU for our final concert of the season,” said GAMAC Executive Director, Dana Gencarelli. “Music education is at the heart of everything we do at GAMAC and we feel so fortunate to have so many fine collegiate music programs like those at SWU and Anderson University right here in our own backyard,” she said.

Tickets to Brought To You By the Letter “B” are priced at just $20 for adults and $10 for children and full-time college students. To purchase tickets, please call the GAMAC office at (864) 231-6147. This performance is made possible with generous support from Greene Heeney & Associates CPAs and The Sue & John Greene Fund. GAMAC is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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