Folk Music Concert at Clark College

The Clark College Concert Choir and Concert Band perform a lively and eclectic assortment of folk music from around the world in their concert of “Folk Music” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, in the O’Connell Sports Center on the Clark College Campus. The concert is free to the public.

The Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Jacob Funk, will perform stunning and moving folk arrangements from many different countries, including Norway, South Africa, the United States, Israel, Slovakia, and Great Britain. The choir has enjoyed learning the stories and traditions behind these timeless melodies and texts, and they are eager to share the beauty they have discovered. Ranging from the intimate to the bombastic, highlights include The Turtle Dove by Ralph Vaughan Williams, the Four Slovak Folk Songs by Béla Bartók, Soon-Ah Will Be Done by William Dawson, and the gorgeous James Erb arrangement of Shenandoah.

The College Concert Band, under the direction of Richard Inouye, will be performing Chester by William Schumann, based off the hymn song sung by the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Other selections by the band will be Percy Grainger’s Irish Tune from County Derry commonly known as Danny Boy, and the exciting Russian Sailor’s Dance transcribed from the Russian folksong Yablochko. The highlight of the band’s segment will be the traditional bullfighting song made famous by the great trumpet virtuoso Rafael Mendez, La Virgen de la Macarena, featuring four Clark College Band trumpet students.

For complete information about all the Clark College Music Department concerts including the orchestra, concert band, jazz ensemble, and choirs, visit http://www.clark.edu/campus-life/arts-events/music/music-concerts.

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