York College Choir to Present Music Born of Conflict

On Monday, May 1, the York College Concert Choir will present their annual Spring Works concert, this year entitled And Justice For All. The concert will feature narration by YC Associate Professor of History Tim McNeese and will focus on art that has arisen from conflict.

The repertoire will feature a variety of styles, from Broadway crowd-pleasers like “Do You Hear the People Sing?” from Les Misérables, to the beautiful and reflective “Kyrie” movement of Rene’ Clausen’s work Memorial, written in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks. The concert will also include a spiritual from a Native American composer and a musical setting of the inscription on the Statue of Liberty: Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free...

“I’ve never chosen music for the spring concert that the students were so excited about singing,” said Dr. Clark Roush, director of the Choir and Endowed Chair for the Performing Arts. “That excitement really comes through in their performance.”

Roush stresses that this concert makes no political statement, but that it “is an artistic response to man’s unkindness to man.” The music comes from many time periods and conflicts. McNeese’s narration will provide an historical context for each piece presented.

In addition to the 55-member choir, And Justice For All will feature piano accompaniment from Kay Magner as well as a string quartet, oboe, bass and percussion. Recent alumnus Nolan Henningson will perform two songs with the group as a featured soloist.

This concert is offered free to the public. No tickets or reservations are necessary. The concert will be performed in the Bartholomew Performing Arts Center on the York College campus (1026 E 10th St, York) at 7:30 p.m. Seating will begin at 7 p.m.