Purcell’s masterpiece “Dido and Aeneas” joins Disney’s classic melodies in stirring Spring Concert by the NWSA Concert Choir
MIAMI---Conductor Dr. Albert Clark leads the New World School of the Arts Concert Choir in an unforgettable concert that will have audiences of all ages humming the timeless tunes. The talented group of 53 high school students will present its annual Concert Choir Spring Show under the direction of Albert Clark, with accompanist Dr. Dan Sandlin and stage production by adjunct Instructor Sarah Weiner Jamison. Friday, April 18, the in the Ransom Everglades Upper School auditorium, 3575 Main Highway, Coconut Grove. The program will begin at 7:00 pm.
Under the title “Dido & Disney,” the NWSA concert choir will present the two sides of the NWSA vocal music program: the first half will be a presentation of Henry Purcell's opera, “Dido and Aeneas,” containing Purcell's most famous aria, “When I Am Laid In Earth.” The second half of the program will be revue of songs from Disney movies new and old, including “Someday My Prince Will Come,” “Circle of Life,” “Under The Sea,” and "Beauty and the Beast.” This will truly be a program for all ages.
Dr. Albert Clark is a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, Clark studied conducting with Paul Christiansen. Following graduation he continued his conducting studies with Morris Beachy at the University of Texas at Austin, receiving from that institution the degree Master of Music, joining the faculty of the University of Texas at Dallas in 1984. While in that position he founded the Dallas Chamber Singers, an ensemble of professional musicians. Returning to Austin and the University of Texas in 1987, he took over as Director of the Longhorn Singers, one of the university's six choral ensembles; holding that position while pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Dr. Clark assumed the position of Director of Vocal Music of the high school vocal program at New World School of the Arts in the fall of 1996. Since that time the Concert Choir has been a steady recipient of superior ratings at district and state festivals. In 2002 the choir debuted in Carnegie Hall in a performance of the Mozart Requiem under the baton of the eminent British composer and conductor, John Rutter.
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts and is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors and can be purchased from any choir member or at Ransom Everglades the evening of the performance.
For more information visit www.mdc.edu/nwsa, or call 305-237-3588.
PHOTO CAPTION: NWSA Concert Choir student perform under the direction of NWSA faculty Albert Clark.
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