More than 200 Concert Chorale Alumni Will Perform Sunday in Wesley Chapel

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

More than 200 West Virginia Wesleyan College Concert Chorale alumni are returning to their alma mater this weekend to join current students and conductor Dr. Larry Parsons for a rousing performance of variety of musical selections at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15, in Wesley Chapel.

This year’s Concert Chorale Alumni reunion is set to be a special event, as it will be Parsons’ final public show before retiring as the group’s conductor at the end of the academic year. Among the music that will be performed are Rutter Gloria, the Bernstein Chichester Psalms, and the Dello Joio To Saint Cecilia.

The Chorale reunion performance will gather alumni from every decade of Parsons’ history of directing the Chorale, which he took over in the late 1960s. Chorale alumni are traveling into Buckhannon from across the country, including Maine, Colorado, Texas, Florida, Oregon and Minnesota, for the event. The reunion Chorale will even include multiple generations – a mother and daughter who were both members of the Chorale are scheduled to attend.

Current Concert Chorale members and Wesleyan brass instrument players will join the alumni for the performance. The current and alumni Chorale members will enable the performance to be nearly 300 voices strong.

The last Chorale reunion took place in 2006, and alumni had requested another get together. Parsons said he has been overwhelmed by the response from his former students, and is looking forward to seeing the alumni.

“This has turned into a larger event than I expected,” Parsons commented. “The Concert Chorale members are very talented singers, and they have touched many lives. Those who have been in the Chorale have a rich connection to each other and others on campus.”

Director of Alumni Relations Kristi Wilkerson said the large group and the distance they are traveling for the reunion is a testament to the positive influence and experiences Parsons has given his students.

“The Concert Chorale has a strong, rich tradition at Wesleyan, and their performance of ‘My Home Among the Hills’ always draws an emotional response from the crowd,” Wilkerson commented. “Concert Chorale performances are always beautiful, and you are never disappointed when you attend one of their concerts.”

Sunday’s Concert Chorale Alumni performance is free and open to the public.

Activities planned for the event include a Saturday luncheon, hosted by the Wesleyan Alumni Office, and a social at the 88 Restaurant & Lounge beginning at 7:30 p.m. The alumni rehearsals for Sunday’s performance are slated for 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, in Loar Auditorium, and again Saturday, April 14, at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in Wesley Chapel.

Dr. Larry Parsons