Blinn’s Select Choral Ensemble to Present ‘Celestial Sounds’

By: Blinn College Press Release Email
By: Blinn College Press Release Email

BRYAN The Blinn College Select Chorale Ensemble will connect with music lovers across all genres Dec. 5 when it hosts “Celestial Sounds,” a concert that includes everything from Renaissance classics to modern hits.

Director Chris Hoffman said the show promises to capture the beauty of the human voice.

“This concert is about inspiring wonderful, profound emotions,” Hoffman said. “You have everything from the gorgeous, a cappella sonorities of a Renaissance motet to modern and pop era selections.”

The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Barbara L. Pearson Banquet Room inside the Bryan campus Student Center (map). Arrangements will include “Jesu Dulcis Memoria” by Tomás Luis de Victoria, the most notable composer of 16th century Spain; “You are the New Day,” made famous by The King’s Singers; Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek;” the Glee rendition of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

“It’s just a wonderfully diverse program. There’s a little bit of something for everybody in there,” Hoffman said. “We have everything to really pull out all the stops and make this year’s concert extremely special.”

Professors Todd Quinlan and Doug Tomlin will join the ensemble on guitar and drums, respectively, and Accompanist Nannette Pope will perform on piano.

“We have a wonderful group this semester with truly some of the best voices on the Bryan campus,” Hoffman said. “You’ve got students with extensive high school choir experience and others with extensive involvement in community and church choirs. What really draws everyone together is their passion for music.”

The choir will follow its Dec. 5 performance by participating in the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops Concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Christ United Methodist Church in College Station.
More than 4,000 students are enrolled in Blinn’s Division of Fine Arts, which offers 51 courses, including architectural design, interior design, drawing, painting, ceramics, digital art, photography, watercolor, music theory, music appreciation, voice study, the Select Choral Ensemble, acting, argumentation, professional speaking and introductory speech.

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