On November 9, the Calvary Masterworks Chorus presented selected hymns arranged by Christopher Norton and John Rutter’s Requiem to a capacity crowd. The performance took place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lee’s Summit so that alumna Bethany Franklin could accompany the group on the pipe organ. The chorus was comprised of Calvary students, staff, alumni, and local singers and was conducted by Jeremy Schell. Students Brittany Hill, Charis Schneeberger, Marilla Flynn, and Abigail Dutoit were soloists. The Requiem was also accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble including student Benjamin Aeschliman on the flute.
Last Friday evening Calvary’s Music Department presented a concert entitled The Sounds of Christmas. We heard several selections from the Chorale as well as a few soloists. Students Cherrish Palmer, Jonathan Van Pelt, Christopher Stolberg, and Bethany Franklin played instrumental pieces, and six students performed as part of the orchestra. The Men’s Chorale is comprised of staff, faculty, and students, and they sang a couple numbers. Scripture readings were interspersed throughout the program, and the event ended with some congregational Christmas carols. All in all, it was a nice way to start the month of December – focusing on the true “reason for the season.”