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Richland College Choral Department to Present ‘Choral Dimensions’ Fall Concert

Michael Crawford directs a choral concert.The Richland College choral department will present a fall concert, “Choral Dimensions,” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13. The program will feature five ensembles, including Chamber Singers, Jazz Singers, the men’s chorale RichMen, Camerata and Grupo Latino.

The Chamber Singers, a 40-voice auditioned choral ensemble, will feature works by F.M. Christiansen, Z. Randall Stroope and Johannes Brahms. The award-winning Richland College Jazz Singers will perform vocal jazz standards, such as “Four Brothers” and “Java Junkie.” The RichMen will perform a variety of male chorus music, including “It’s Not Where You Start, It’s Where You Finish.”

Camerata and Grupo Latino are new ensembles at Richland College. Camerata is a student-led choral ensemble co-directed by students Alex Gonzales and Rachel Trevino, and it will feature the premiere of new choral work recently composed by Gonzales. Grupo Latino is a fusion of the choral and instrumental sides of music and will feature Latin American rhythms and styles.

“Both Camerata and Grupo Latino were formed by motivated students wishing to explore exciting new styles of musical performance,” said Michael Crawford, Ed.D., Richland College’s associate dean of humanities, fine and performing arts and choral director.

The Richland College Jazz Singers will be traveling to the Pacific Northwest in March 2016 to participate in the 40th DeMiero Jazz Festival. In April 2016, the Richland College Chamber Singers will sing in the Irving Symphony’s performance of Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9.”

The choirs will be accompanied by acclaimed local violinist Wana Hong and directed by Crawford.

“Choral Dimensions” is free and open to the public in the Fannin Performance Hall on the east side of the Richland College campus. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road.