Published December 1, 2017
On Monday, December 4th, at 7:00 PM, the DC3 vocal music department invites you to attend their Holiday Concert at the First United Methodist Church, at 210 Soule Street, in Dodge City. “The music for this concert was drawn from different eras and styles, all of which highlight a different feeling of the season,” said DC3 Assistant Professor of Vocal Music Kerry Kuplic. “Some of the featured music will be a 16th Century Spanish villancico, 20th and 21st compositions, a modern setting of text from mediaeval English mystery plays, and a traditional German carol. I selected the music to complement the season and to showcase each ensemble’s unique abilities and interests.”
The three ensembles performing will be Concert Choir, College Singers, and the Choral Union. In total, there will be 34 performers, with 24 of those being students and 10 being community members. The concert will also feature guest organist, W. Fredrick Krieger.
“Our guest organist is an accomplished recitalist and who has performed throughout Connecticut, Chicago, Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio, and the New York City area,” Kuplic said. “He has held positions as organist and choirmaster at several prestigious and historic parishes, and has done extensive graduate studies in organ performance and boys choir training through the University of Hartford (CT) and the Royal School of Church Music at Princeton University. His recital on the 21-rank Möller pipe organ will open our concert at First United Methodist Church on Monday, December 4, and will feature seasonal music of the French Baroque, British Cathedral, and Contemporary American schools. I would like to thank the Dean of Academics Dr. Jane Holwerda for making Mr. Kreiger’s appearance possible.”
When not preparing for the upcoming Holiday Concert, students in the vocal music program have been getting ready for their trip to Ireland, in June. “We have been invited to perform at the Dublin Choral Festival,” Kuplic said. “This is a huge honor for us and a tremendous opportunity to showcase our student talent. We have the opportunity to spend a week exploring the ancient and fascinating city of Dublin visiting museums and historic sites, in addition to preparing for a gala concert at the 11th century Christ Church Cathedral. We will be joined by several other collegiate choral ensembles and will be accompanied by an orchestra made up of professional musicians from the Dublin area.”
The Holiday Concert at the United Methodist Church in Dodge City on December 4th is free to the public and open to everyone who would like to attend. “This year there’s not a particular theme,” Kuplic stated, “just great music in a lovely venue.”