WCJC Choir presents ‘Holy Week’ concert April 14

 

Members of the Wharton County Junior College’s Chamber Singers rehearse for this coming Monday’s Holy Week Concert, which features selections marking the days leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Members of the Wharton County Junior College’s Chamber Singers rehearse for this coming Monday’s Holy Week Concert, which features selections marking the days leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

The Wharton County Junior College Choirs will mark one of the Christian church’s most reverent seasons with a concert that highlights Christ’s final days on earth.

Scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, April 14, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Wharton, the Holy Week Concert will center exclusively on music that recalls the events leading up to Easter.

Director Eddie Vandewalker said the concert will prove a “unique” experience as it stresses a single theme of music, unlike the choirs’ usual concerts which offer up more diverse selections.

“It’s all focused on music that’s appropriate for that period in church liturgy,” he said. “The emphasis is on the last few days of Christ’s life before the crucifixion and on the crucifixion itself. It’s extremely focused.”  

Selections include, “When Jesus Wept,” “Adoramus Te, Christe” and “Even the Heavens Are Weeping.” That final song is one that Vandewalker has presented previously in his lengthy career as a director. 

“It is one of my favorites,” he said. “It certainly can take your breath away.”

Both the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will perform during the event. The Concert Choir is the larger group, with 19 members. The Chamber Singers is a more exclusive group – one that requires a challenging audition. It currently has 10 members.

Vandewalker said there will not be any solos during the Holy Week Concert. But there will be some special performances, including two songs that will make use of the church’s organ. Another notable number will include a guest appearance by WCJC Band Director Joe Waldrop.

“Mr. Waldrop will be playing with us on one piece,” Vandewalker said.

Adding to the concert’s theme will be the location. Instead of an on-stage performance, the concert will be held inside the Holy Family Catholic Church sanctuary. With that much seating, Vandewalker is hoping for a large turnout.

“The music is very beautiful,” he said. 

The WCJC Holy Week Concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, April 14, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2011 Briar Lane in Wharton. The performance is open to the public and free of charge.  

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