DWU Music to perform Midwinter Choir and Bells Concert

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Four Dakota Wesleyan University musical ensembles will come together for a Midwinter Choir and Bells Concert on Sunday, March 1 at 4 p.m. in the Sherman Center.


The concert will feature: the Dakota Wesleyan Choir, The Highlanders, Dakota Dynamics and Wesleyan Bells.


“The theme of this year’s Midwinter Choir and Bells Concert is music and dance. The Dakota Wesleyan Choir’s pieces explore music’s role in healing and reconciling, while The Highlanders are singing works from all eras and genres – they’re covering a wide range from Renaissance polyphony to American Southern harmony and bluegrass,” said Dr. Clinton Desmond, associate professor of music at DWU.


The Dakota Wesleyan Choir will come together to perform popular pieces including, “The Music of Creation” by Shelton Ridge Love.


The Highlanders will keep the energy and sound alive with tunes such as, “Sing Me to Heaven” by Daniel E. Gawthrop and Dan Forrest’s, “And Can It Be?”


The Dakota Dynamics will bring extravagant sounds from pieces like Julie Bray’s, “Even in the Storm…Dance!” and “When We Sing” by Rosephanye Powell.


The Wesleyan Bells will add pieces featuring, “There Shall Be Dancing” by John A. Behnke and “Make Joyful Noise” by Kevin McChesney.


“I chose music for the Dakota Dynamics and Wesleyan Bells that celebrates music and dance,” said Erin Desmond, DWU music instructor. “The students have really enjoyed preparing the music and are ready to share it.”


The Dakota Dynamics are conducted by Erin Desmond and accompanied by Elizabeth Soladay. The Highlanders and Dakota Wesleyan Choir are directed by Dr. Clinton Desmond and accompanied by Erin Desmond. The Wesleyan Bells are conducted by Erin Desmond.



Upcoming events for the Ron and Sheilah Gates Department of Music and Theatre:

“She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen - April 15-18; 7:30 p.m.; April 19; 2 p.m.

An American Festival: DWU Spring Concert – Apr. 26; 4 p.m.