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UC Chorale and Symphonic Band Present Concert


Williamsburg, Ky. - On Sunday, March 3rd, the University of the Cumberlands (UC) Chorale and Symphonic Band presented a combined concert in the Gatliff Chapel located on campus.

Beginning with the band, director Dr. Steven Sudduth and the Symphonic Band started the program with his own composition titled, “Aaron Overture”, dedicated to his nephew who was born with Down Syndrome. The piece was written to represent the ups and downs of his journey and where he is now. They continued through their performance with selections from Percy Grainger and Johan de Meij. A crowd favorite was the band’s final piece called, “Movement 5 ‘Hobbits’” from Lord of the Rings. The piece was not from the well-known and adored movie series, but instead was an interpretation of the story told through music.

After the band performed, the UC Chorale, directed by Dr. David Etter, took the stage and performed many selections of music starting with Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck’s, “Venite, exultemus Domino” and singing many other songs varying in languages ranging anywhere from Latin to German. The group has worked extremely hard preparing for this concert and brought lots of variety to the program with their William L. Dawson pieces, “Ain’a That Good News” and “Soon Ah Will Be Done”. The music was lively and moving and the chorale certainly had positive, encouraging energy as they performed.

Finally, the Symphonic Band and the Chorale came together during their last two songs. The combined groups performed Eric Whitacre’s, “Sleep” and James Swearingen’s, “Lead On, O King Eternal” and the effect was astounding. Both groups did an excellent job and their individual talents combined at the end to create an awesome ending to the concert. Their final pieces really wrapped up the concert with excitement and encouragement.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.