Wesleyan Choirs Earn Stellar Review for "Longest Nights" Premiere

04-07-2016

As part of the Virginia Wesleyan College Concert Series and a 50-state consortium of choirs, the Wesleyan Chorale and Wesleyan Singers premiered a new work in February by internationally renowned composer Timothy C. Takach. The choirs, along with VWC Director of Choral Music Bryson Mortensen and soprano Billy Brown Youmans, garnered a rave review for their performance—titled “The Longest Nights”—from content author John Campbell of Artsong Update. Campbell used words like “thrilling” and “entertaining” to describe the performance and remarked that Takach “offers challenging, listenable music with never a dull moment and the performers did his works proud.” The full review can be seen at www.artsongupdate.org. Takach visited campus earlier in February to share his artistic insight and expertise with VWC vocal music students and the broader College community. His residency with VWC’s student choirs included a lecture on “Entrepreneurship and Risk Taking in the Arts” and "The Compositional Process” as well as open rehearsals and master classes (view photo).