The Allan Hancock College Singers Will be "Goin' Up to Glory" in Spring Concerts

Performances are May 4 & May 7.

APRIL 8, 2013 -- Nearly 60 students in the Allan Hancock College Singers under the direction of Ann Lucas will offer two performances of their spring concert, titled “Goin’ Up to Glory.”  The program is devoted entirely to the music of the black gospel tradition, and includes familiar spirituals as well as decidedly modern arrangements.  All the big names in gospel choral/composition circles are represented: Jester Hairston, Moses Hogan, Hall Johnson and the super power team of Caldwell and Ivory, who are especially known for their challenging arrangements. 

The first performance is Saturday, May 4, at 3 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Los Osos, and the second performance is Tuesday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Santa Maria. 

The nature of call and response in African-based music lends itself to an unprecedented number of soloists throughout the program.  Lucas said that giving two performances allowed the songs with solos to be double cast, thereby making the most of the choir’s vocal talent and giving more opportunity for “little lights to shine!”  Participating as soloists are Hillarie Grossie, Tania Castro, Michael Sterling, Travis Horton, David Rude, Sandra Taylor, Megan Drap, Kim Sargen, Gabriella Pantaloni, Shannon Livingstone, Mike Quinette, Susan McAllister, Corbin Vickers, Taylor Davidson, Ryan McGinley, Juliet Peck and Alex Foley.  “The depth of solo talent is a result of choir’s enrollment at an all-time high, which assures the ability of the group to produce the gospel shout, which is so exciting in this choral genre,” said Lucas. 

Fiery piano playing is also part of the style, and several selections strongly showcase the skills of the choir’s pianist and assistant conductor, Dave Alm.  Lucas and Alm will switch places on the signature song “Goin’ Up to Glory,” and, for the first time, a student conductor will take the podium when tenor David Rude steps up to lead the choir in “Ev’ry Time I Hear the Spirit.” 

Lucas says the singers have been very enthusiastic to sing a gospel concert, arriving early to class and lingering around the piano to keep singing after class has been dismissed.  She said that offering two performances instead of one affords the choir “double fun” and provides more outreach to the community as well.  All tickets are $7, and there is no reserved seating.  Tickets may be purchased in the fine arts office located in building F on the Santa Maria campus, or from any choir member.  Tickets will also be available at the door.  For more information, please call the fine arts office at 922-6966 ext. 3252 or Ann Lucas at 922-6966 ext. 3412.

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