If music soothes the savage beast, imagine what it can do for frayed nerves during finals week? The Integral Program’s Sophomore Music Tutorial class holds its annual Christmas Program Tuesday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel.
“This is a pleasant, warming December event,” says Brother Martin Yribarren, who brings in his Sacred Music Choir – a volunteer choir made up of faculty, staff and students – to round out the voices.
The Integral students will perform a wide range of music they’ve studied this semester including Gregorian chant, medieval polyphony, French and English carols and American folk tunes. Familiar favorites include Dona Nobis Pacem (Caccini), with choir, flute, cello and piano; What Child is this?; Lo, How a Rose and Dona Nobis Pacem (Round), with student choir, cello, trumpet and piano.
Poetry will be part of the evening’s offerings, read in Latin and Greek by students in Classical Language courses and Yribarren says the program ends with a “musical surprise, concocted by the students.”
The concert is free and open to the public. See a rehearsal clip of Integral students singing Zion Hears the Watchmen Singing, from “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme” by Dietrich Buxtehude, c. 1637-1707.