Feb. 16, 2007
The Morningside College Choir (right) will perform in concert on Sunday, March 18, at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 608 Nebraska Street in Sioux City. The free concert is open to the public.
The group will also perform during 10:30 a.m. services on Sunday, March 11, at Community Christ Church, 3232 Transit Avenue in Sioux City.
The performances will celebrate the culmination of a ten-day tour through nine Midwest and southern cities during the college’s spring break, March 1-11. Follow this link for the complete schedule. The tour will include performances in the cities of North Kansas City, Mo., Hot Springs, Ark., Mooringsport, La., Baytown and Fort Worth, Texas, Moore, Okla., Wichita, Kan., and Grand Island, Neb.
A special tribute performance will be held in Lake Charles, La., in honor of former Morningside student Lance Cpl. Donald Champlin, a Marine from Natchitoches, La., who died in August 2006 from wounds received while on patrol in Anbar Province, Iraq. Champlin attended Morningside from 1996 to 1999 and received a medical technology degree from Louisiana State University.
Tim Watson, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Morningside, organized the tour and will direct the performances. Michele Grossman will serve as accompanist.
During each concert, the choir will pay tribute to those who have died in service to our country with the musical selection “How They So Softly Rest” by composer Healey Willan. The program also includes performances of Moses Hogan’s “O Magnify the Lord,” Herbert Howells’ “A Spotless Rose,” and Latin renditions of Biebl’s “Ave Maria” and a poetry selection by Edward Esch, among others.
The choir will also perform “Witness,” an arrangement by Jack Halloran, 1938 Morningside College alumnus and recipient of its Distinguished Alumni Award in 1967.
Jennifer Buckhahn, a Morningside College sophomore from Oakland, Iowa, will accompany the choir on French horn for its performance of “Mystic Trumpeter” by Norman Dello Joio.