Hillsdale College’s Chamber Choir will perform a concert Thursday night at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Jackson City. They are singing as part of a fundraiser for Tuesday Group Musicale, an organization that raises money for music scholarships for high school students in Jackson.
James Holleman, professor of music and chairman of the department department, said the Jackson Chapter of Tuesday Group Musicale asked him a year ago if he would put together the concert.
“It’s a good fundraiser, and it’s for a worthy cause,” Holleman said. “It’s also a chance to hear our top audition choir at a nice venue. It’s got nice acoustic for us to sing in.”
The music department’s biannual choir concerts usually feature both the Chamber Choir and the College Choir, but Chamber Choir alone will perform this concert. There will be no intermission, and all the music will be a capella.
Gabe Kramer, a sophomore and member of Chamber Choir, said the music is more difficult than what they usually sing.
“Many of these pieces are staples within choral tradition, and they have serious history with college choirs, but others are more modern,” Kramer said. “This is an opportunity to see pretty passionate singers in their wheelhouse.”
Kramer will also perform a solo in “Brazilian Psalm,” a song involving pulsating beats and a fast tempo.
“It’s rhythmically challenging and throws me back to the Central American beats of my jazz band days,” Kramer said. “It’s supposed to be an exciting piece, so I hope it impassions the audience.”