Members of the Virginia Tech Wind Ensemble and the Virginia Tech Combined Choirs — the Chamber Singers, Tech Men, and Women’s Chorus — will all be performing at the concert, dubbed Hokies at Carnegie Hall.
During both performances, Dwight Bigler, director of choral activities at Virginia Tech, will offer a new work. He wrote “Three Appalachian Songs” based on folk songs historically associated with the Appalachian region: “Cluck Old Hen,” “Poor Wayfarin’ Stranger,” and “Sourwood Mountain.”
The students will also perform a variation on a piece Bigler wrote for the 2014 installation of Tim Sands as president of Virginia Tech. Originally intended for an a-cappella choir, the piece now features wind instruments. Bigler said he believes the text — from Emily Dickinson’s poem “If I can stop one heart from breaking” — is a perfect match for the Virginia Tech motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).
The concert will feature 57 members of the Wind Ensemble and 108 members of the Combined Choirs. Jonathan Caldwell, a visiting assistant professor of music, will conduct the Wind Ensemble while Bigler conducts the Combined Choirs.
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