ECU Choral Concert
I attended the ECU Choral Concert on Monday, November 6, 2000. In performance
was Kantorei directed by Janna Brendell, ECU Men’s Ensemble Blackbeard’s Ghost
directed by Sean Berg, ECU Concert Choir directed by Matthew Harden, and special
guests Leesville Road High School Chorus directed by Diane Covington. The whole
program was entertaining and very impressive. All the choirs were very
professional in both their physical appearance and their sound. In each group
the first impressions, which are so important to a performance, were perfect.
They were all dressed and aligned effectively. The sounds of every performer and
group performing were strong and intriguing. The atmosphere was relaxed but at
the same time very professional.
The first group that came on all wore long purple dresses and the conductor wore
an elegant black sparkly top that hit the light just right with a black skirt.
The girls were all spaced evenly and formed a pyramid type shape coming down
towards the audience. All the performers were very professional in the way they
held their music and their posture, looking at the conductor, following her
every move. Their sound was extraordinary, many of the pitches going from loud
to soft tones. This diminuendo and then a crescendo kept the viewers very
interested and involved. Their second piece, Kumbaya, was assembled in a very
soft tone. The piece created great emotions. The women harmonized beautifully,
with wonderful intonation. The third piece, Didn’t it Rain, was very upbeat and
fun. The girls were smiling and enjoying their work just as much as the
audience. One can really tell they love to be up there, which makes their
performance even more entertaining. Many of the other pieces throughout the
performance created this type of atmosphere, getting the audience involved with
laughter and cheers.
The Kantorei group created a wonderful mix of sounds. Men and women were
involved, giving their pieces depth and style. The conductor set the tone and
relaxed the performers right away by making them giggle. This not only made the
performers more comfortable, but also the audience. The piano created wonderful
sounds, as well as the background noises that the performers created in “Hey,
Babe”. The men and women sang without any music, but created their own by using
tongue clicks, tongue rolls, and more. The crowd was very entertained and showed
this through laughter and a wonderful applause at the end.