Cantabile’s fall concert wows audience

by JAMIE DOUBLET
Staff Writer

Cantabile, Piedmont College’s a cappella group, performed its fall concert at 5 p.m. on Oct. 29, in Brooks Hall in the Center for Worship and Music at Piedmont’s Demorest campus.

The concert, free of charge and open for all to enjoy, featured a wide range of classic songs from nineteenth century compositions to a couple of ballads originally written and performed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

The ensemble performed “If I Loved You” from the 1945 musical “Carousel,” composed by famous dynamic duo Rogers and Hammerstein. Dr. Wallace Hinson said he felt privileged to direct and perform this piece in the dawn of technology.

Harkening back to the days in which Hinson grew up loving musicals, “If I Loved You” was a wonderful song for the group to perform.

To heavily contrast in an entertaining twist, the group performed “Hopelessly Hoping,” a song from the age of protest in the 1960s by Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Cantabile is an exceedingly gifted and select group of ten students that performs under the direction of Dr. Wallace Hinson. The group performs a variety of classical, rock, pop and theatrical songs, as well as chamber music.

The current members of Cantabile are Mitchell Auger, Kate Berardi, Chastin Dobbs, Wallace Hinson, Megan Holder, Cole Martin, Elizabeth Parmer, Jennifer Pitt, Ben Rikeman, and Chris Sudderth.

The collective group of singers is selected after a stringent audition process. They work well together, melding their voices so that the result sounds more like a symphony than vocalizing.

There is no denying the hard work and dedication that the members of Cantabile have contributed for their concert.

In the past, Cantabile performed at Piedmont’s Freshman Family Day and the Fine Arts benefit Empty Bowls, which raised funds to fight hunger. Each event allowed for the group to contribute and share their talents with a broad range of listeners.

For students interested in becoming a part of this spectacular a cappella group, membership is through audition, and participation in the Chamber Singers is required.

If you missed out on this spectacular concert, you’ll have to wait until the spring semester for another performance.

However, the music department will have other events before Christmas break, including the 25th annual Lessons and Carols service in December.

Piedmont’s next music show will be the Piedmont Singers’ fall concert at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 in the Piedmont College Chapel. Admission is free for all.

A complete list of the department’s upcoming events can be found online on Piedmont’s fine arts website.