Groups Present Autumn Serenade
The annual Autumn Serenade
on Saturday, Nov. 10, is a popular revue of several of
Smith’s vocal groups. The concert
will take place at 8 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage.
The concert is free and open to the public.
The Smith College Glee
Club, under the baton of Jonathan Hirsh and with piano
accompaniment from Clifton J. Noble Jr., will present a
program of works ranging from classic choral pieces to
more contemporary numbers. The program includes, among
many beautiful and soaring pieces, Three
Love Lyrics by
Ronald Perera, professor emeritus of music at Smith; Johannes
Brahms’ magnificent Vier Gesange
fur Frauenchor mit Begleitung von 2 Hornern und Harfe, Op.
17; and Cachucha and Finale from Gilbert & Sullivan’s
Also on the bill for the
evening are the Smith College Chorus and Chamber Choir,
both under the baton of Ryan Brandau. The chorus will present
work from Brazilian composer Ernani Aguiar and Smith’s own Clifton J. Noble Jr. They will
also perform Pablo Casals’s Nigra Sum, a favorite of
women’s vocal ensembles. Brandau will also lead the
Smith Chamber Choir in a selection of pieces by Edward Elgar
and Bruce Shelley, which feature poetry set to music. Both
the College Chorus and the Chamber Choir will present movements
from the cycle Songs for Women’s Voices by New England
composer Gwyneth Walker.
Groove, Smith’s newest a cappella group, features
students from both the College Chorus and Glee Club. For
Autumn Serenade, Groove will perform a rendition of Regina
Spektor’s Fidelity, arranged by KT Herr ’07 and
Elizabeth Mongrello ’09.