WILMINGTON — Wilmington College’s two choral ensembles will be featured in the annual Spring Concert Sunday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Hugh G. Heiland Theatre. Musical selections range from The Beatles and Mariah Carey to compositions by George Gershwin and Elizabeth Haskins.
Indeed, Haskins, who is retiring this summer after 39 years on WC’s music faculty, will conduct the College-Community Chorus for the final time. The chorus will present a program of perennial favorites under the theme of “Hello, Goodbye” in reference to its longtime conductor’s upcoming departure.
Repertoire includes selections written and/or arranged by Twyla Paris, Jester Hairston, Rosephanye Powell, Frank Ticheli, George Gershwin, Pepper Choplin, Howard Goodall and Pete Seeger, along with two pieces by Haskins.
Featured soloists are Victoria Bowoman-Ellen, Andi Bell, Debbie Hess, Haleigh Lovett, Cheryl Mustin, Lori Ann Scott, Gwen Bogan, Cyndi Inlow, Terri Valentine and Lee Eltzroth. Guest instrumentalists include Manami White and Rachel Kramer. Cheryl Bucholtz provides piano accompaniment for the College-Community Chorus.
The concert opens with the Wilmington College Chorale, under the direction of adjunct instructor Gina Beck. The ensemble will present a selection of songs taking audience members on a pop music journey from the 1940s through the 2000s with selections made popular by the Andrew Sisters, The Beatles, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, Natasha Bedingfield and Beyoncé.
The concert is free and open to the public.