March 15, 2014
On Saturday, March 22, a reunion of members of the Hampden-Sydney Men's Chorus and the Hampden-Sydney Glee Club will be held on campus. Frank Archer, Class of 1973, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, and member of the Glee Club from 1969 to 1973, is retiring - a great occasion for a Reunion Concert.
The Glee Club/Men's Chorus has come a long way since the first public performance in 1822.
Archer led the Men's Chorus on tours of England in 2004, 2008, and 2009 and of Italy in 2006, during which the chorus was invited to sing at the installation of the new Archbishop of Assisi and for a mass at the high altar in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. The Men's Chorus performed in March 2013 in the Opera on the James production of Mozart's Magic Flute, and participated in April with the Richmond Symphony and many collegiate choruses in a commemoration of the Emancipation Proclamation.
The concert will include numbers by the Acousticals who put a fun twist on a capella music. The group performs "Rockapella" style music using just their voices as instruments in a style all their own performing hip-hop, country, pop, rap, contemporary, and classics-using beat boxing, face melting guitar fills, and even a bit of dancing. The group travels to other colleges, as well as performs every semester here on The Hill.
Sponsored by the Hampden-Sydney College Department of Fine Arts, the Reunion Concert begins at 8 PM in Crawley Forum. This event is free and open to the community.