Area students sing with Yankton Children's Choir Four Vermillion students, Molly O'Connor, Taylor Geu, Kayla Styles, and Caitlin Britten, are part of the Yankton Children's Choir (YCC) which will present "Songs of Discovery" as its winter offering to the public on Sunday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m.
The concert will be held at Marian Auditorium on the Mount Marty College campus in Yankton. Admission is $7.50 for high school and older. Children through eighth grade are admitted free. Advance tickets are available at Rexall Drug and Evie's Hallmark. Tickets will also be available at the door.
The YCC concert will include music that may have been known to members of the Lewis & Clark expedition and to those who sent them. Other music seeks to represent the Native American perspective.
O Come All Ye Faithful, arranged by David Willcocks, will be sung by the combined YCC, Preparatory Choir and Encore Choir to open the concert with glorious sound. The Preparatory Choir promises to "sing out forevermore" as they begin their portion of the concert with Joyfully Sing by Christoph Gluck. This is a festive song of welcome inviting people to celebrate and rise up in song. The Latin selection, Dona Nobis Pacem, translates to Grant Us Peace. The piano accompaniment is based on Bach's Prelude No. 1 from the Well-Tempered Clavier. Julie Wheeler did the vocal arrangement.
In Huron Indian Carol, Native American words are set to a 16th century French carol. Collin Michels accompanies the singers on the buffalo drum. The Preparatory Choir's final number, A Mozart Canon, has Janine Tramp, Crofton, NE, playing flute obligato on the melody. Donald Moore arranged this song of celebration using flute, voice, and keyboard.
The Encore Choir, composed of high school-age singers, will present While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks, from Six Elizabethan Madrigals, as their first number. This is an example of four-part singing of the early 1700s. Quartet singing will be featured during selected verses. The traditional spiritual, I Got a Robe, features several solo and small group sections and is sure to be familiar to many.
One of the highlights of the Encore Choir portion of the concert will be the performance of a part of The Testament of Freedom, an essay by Thomas Jefferson. The inspiring words of I Shall Not Die Without a Hope have been set to music by American composer Randall Thompson. Testament of Freedom was composed in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Jefferson, who was president at the time of the Lewis & Clark Expedition.
The Concert Choir opens its section of the concert with English Song of Joy. This number is based upon a Renaissance part song originally titled Pastime With Good Company. Attributed to King Henry VIII, this rousing work is traditionally associated with the joyful music-making of the court of 16th century England. People of the Willows, by North Dakota composer Tom Porter, is a compelling picture of the generosity of the Mandan Indians to the members of the Corps of Discovery. Adding to the beauty of this piece is the flute artistry of Janine Tramp, Crofton, NE.
Johann Sebastian Bach's Laughing and Shouting for Joy, or Denn du wirst meine Seele nicht in der Holle lassen, is one of the favorites of the Concert Choir and is intended for performance by treble choirs. Contemporary composer Victoria Ebel-Sabo has given the singers a vision of being alone in the wilderness, much like the Lewis & Clark Expedition members must have felt, in her hauntingly beautiful Winter Wind. She says, "Though my first love is the mountains, the wilderness of northern Minnesota magically speaks to my spirit. I will return to listen, again and again." The wistful sound of the soprano recorder, played by Jo Ann Lambertz, adds just the right touch of realism to Winter Wind.
The concert closes with a Welsh lullaby known and loved by many. All Through the Night blends the beauty of melody, lilting accompaniment, and treble voices to soothe the heart, and will also feature two young singers, Erika Trapp and Sara Watt.
The choirs are under the musical direction of Lea Ann Schramm, choral director; Margaret Lyons, associate choral director; and JoAnne Hamilton, assistant choral director. Accompanists are Schramm, Preparatory Choir, and Hamilton, Concert Choir.
YCC receives South Dakota Arts Council support which is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism and State Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts.