Wayne State College

An Evening of Choirs Presents “Songs from Silence” Concert Feb. 27

Published Tuesday, February 21st, 2023

The 7:30 p.m. performance will be in Ley Theatre, featuring four WSC choirs.

An Evening of Choirs shares musical treasures during the “Songs from Silence” concert Monday, Feb. 27, at Wayne State College. The 7:30 p.m. performance in Ley Theatre is free and open to the public. It will also be livestreamed. To view the livestream, go to www.wsc.edu/watch-live. The program will be accessible by selecting the event from the Music Events list at www.wsc.edu/music.

Four WSC choirs perform with collaboration between choirs and leadership roles by WSC students. The choirs include Fortis, Lyrica, Chamber Choir, and Concert Choir. Daniel Oldenkamp of Sioux City, Iowa, and Kelbi Smith of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, serve as student conductors. Tyler Baue of Wausa. is a featured soloist. Christopher Woerdemann of Wayne is a soloist and guest pianist.

Dr. Matthew Armstrong conducts the concert with Shelly Armstrong as collaborative pianist. “What was once old is new again,” explains Dr. Armstrong. “Voices unite to sing great choral literature that has long been silent.”

Concert highlights include a combined tenor/bass performance of the African American spiritual “My Lord What a Morning,” Fortis singing “Rock-a-My Soul,” and a treble voice fusion on an a cappella setting of “Ave Maria.” Lyrica presents the jazz standard “I’ve Got the World on A String.” An arrangement of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” accents the Chamber Choir repertoire with the Concert Choir presenting an up-tempo Dixieland tune “Everybody Loves My Baby.”

For more information, contact the WSC Department of Music at 402-375-7359.