Every year, the Wabash College Glee Club does a joint performance with the University of Indianapolis Women’s Chorus. We do two joint pieces, each one chosen by our respective conductors. This year, Wabash’s Dr. Bowen picked a piece called “Caught Up With Amazing Grace” which is a shuffley, gospel piece that fuses two songs together, one of them being Amazing Grace. Musically, I love the piece. It sounds great. The other piece, chosen by UIndy’s Dr. Krasnovsky (http://goo.gl/pWih5), is a piece by American composer Aaron Copland and is taken from his opera “The Tender Land”. It is a very catchy, energetic piece that is sure to get stuck in your head.
One of the best things about the join concert with the UIndy Women’s Chorus is the ability to sing songs that would not usually be possible for us. Being an all male chorus, most of our pieces are arranged in what is called “TTBB”. That is, Tenor 1 (highest voice), Tenor 2, Bass 1 (Baritones), and Bass 2 (lowest voices). This is usually an arrangement for four-part, male choruses. When singing with the women’s choir, we get to sing music arranged in SATB: Soprano (highest woman’s voice), Alto, Tenor (a combination of the Tenor 1′s and 2′s from TTBB arrangement), and Bass (a combination of the Baritones and Basses from the TTBB arrangement). This just gives a more full sound because we’re hitting a higher register (well, the women are), and we’re covering a wider array of notes.
If you’re around Indianapolis tomorrow, April 6th, I highly suggest coming to the concert. It starts at 7:30pm in the Christel Dehaan Fine Arts Center in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall. I hope to see you there!