Heidelberg choir on road to Bellevue

BELLEVUE – With a “British Invasion” theme, the Heidelberg University Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers are to perform a concert at 4 p.m. March 23 in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 231 E. Center St., Bellevue.

The 51-member vocal ensemble is under the direction of Greg Ramsdell, director of choral activities and assistant professor of choral music education at Heidelberg. The program includes a repertoire reflecting on America’s fascination with many aspects of British culture.

“The theme is a deliberate reference to that time in the mid-’60s when America seemed to be completely enthralled with all things British,” Ramsdell said. “It seems that we are once again in the midst of just such a cultural fascination.”

Highlighting the choir’s program is to be an arrangement of the Beatles’ “In My Life.” The choir also is to perform Lloyd Pfautsch’s setting of Andrew Marvell’s “Musicks Empire,” which describes the role of music from infancy to maturity.

Dale Grontenhuis’ arrangement of “O No, John,” explores the theme of how success in courting often begins simply by learning to ask the right question.

Several selections feature solos or accompaniment by students from the choir. Featured soloists include Collin Stump and Kristina Kamm, while organ accompaniment is to be provided by sophomore Stephen Smith and senior Melissa Flowers.

The concert is free, although a freewill offering is to be taken to offset the choir’s travel expenses.