Director Edgar Moore recognizes soloist Kelli Mikeska, but my eyes are on my son Nathaniel, back row, last one on the left.
Heads turned and faces brightened last night when the audience was surprised by a quartet that sang from the back of the hall with the San Jacinto College North Chorale on stage. This exciting opener to the Spring Concert was Haec est dies by Jacob Handl. Director Edgar Moore beamed as he turned to direct the quartet. Clearly, he enjoyed the surprise as much as the audience.
Joining the other singers on stage, the chorale sang a traditional French Christmas carol, Quelle est cette odeur agreable? and O How Amiable by R. Vaughan Williams.
The San Jacinto College North Chamber Singers then took the stage to sing two songs by Felix Mendelssohn, Es fiel ein Reif and Holder Lenz du bist da hin and one by Robert Schumann, Herbstlied. Der Tanz, by Franz Schubert, completed their program.
Special guests, the Sons of Orpheus Men's Chorus, sang an inspired rendition of Rise Up O Men of God. Their varied selections included I Himmeln, sung in Norwegian, Spaseniye Sodelal, sung in Russian, and two passages from The Testament of Freedom by Randall Thompson.
For the finale, the Chorale, joined by the Camerata Chamber Ensemble and soprano soloist Kelli Mikeska, performed Franz Josef Haydn's Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo. It was fabulous and the perfect closure to a wonderful concert.