Halloween has come and gone, which means that shopping centers and grammies’ houses will soon be preparing for the holidays.
However, the JSU A Cappella Choir started preparing months ago; planning, that is, for their winter concert, which they hope will help kick off the holiday season.
And as we all know it’s not beginning to look a lot like Christmas until we are told so in song! Music is what the holidays are all about, right?
The winter concert will take place November 8 at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Oxford.
The group will perform a concert focused on Latin American sounds.
According the JSU Newswire, “The A Cappella Choir will perform arrangements from ‘Navidad Nuestra,’ a Spanish folk drama about the Nativity created by Argentinian composer Ariel Ramirez based on the rhythms and traditions of Hispanic America.”
The group, which is led by Dr. Patricia Corbin, director of choral activities,will be performing in Spanish, making the music as extra challenge for the group to take on.
Corbin said, “I knew when I programmed this work that I would need some help teaching the Spanish to the choir…Lo and behold, on the first day of class after we read through a little of the work, two new choir students – Phoebe Hauser and Christian Tenorio – approached me after class and told me they were native Spanish speakers and offered their assistance.”
Phoebe Hauser and Christian Tenorio are fluent in the Latin America dialect rather than the Castilian Spanish taught in most public schools and were a great help to the other singers when working with the generally unfamiliar music.
Phoebe Hauser’s mother is originally from Honduras. She is majoring in French and plans to be a foreign language interpreter. Christian Tenorio is a native to Colombia and is majoring in biology. Corbin spoke very highly of the students when she said.
“They have been fantastic language coaches throughout the semester and we were lucky to have them involved,” she said.
The winter concert is seems to be the perfect thing for anyone that enjoys live music and especially Spanish music. The choir has put in hard work and is excited for their upcoming concert. As a special guest of the choir, will be the Oxford High School Choral Ensemble. The guest choir is directed by a Jacksonville State University alumna, Holly Luke.
The concert is open to the public and free of admission charge. For more information, contact the JSU Office of Choral Activities at 256-782-5544.
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