The Bel Canto Singers of the Bahamas will present a choral concert on June 8, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. The Singers with be accompanied by a string ensemble from the acclaimed Peabody Conservatory, a bassist from the SC Symphony Orchestra and a local percussionist. The pianist accompanying the singers is a recent graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland). The director Eldridge McPhee is a graduate of Benedict College and the University of South Carolina Moore. In addition, singers have affiliations with Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Phi Beta Sigma, and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternal organizations.
The concert will include a section on spirituals, several of which are arranged by the acclaimed African American composer Moses Hogan. The Contemporary Christian music section features works from Toms Fetke and Craig Courtney. Several pieces are arranged by Bahamian musician K. Quincy Parker. Among other pieces on the June 8 program are Handel’s “Zadok the Priest,” Dvorak’s “Stabat Mater,” and “Shenandoah.”
The concert is free of charge to the public, although donations will gladly be accepted. The concert will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. at The Episcopal Church of St. Simon & St. Jude, Irmo, SC.